Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has reportedly caused a stir on the social media after a picture of him holding a poster referring to the highest Hindu caste went viral. The poster of a Dalit woman holding up a placard reading, “Smash Brahminical patriarchy” has upset Hindu nationalists and members of the Brahmin caste in India.
The picture in question was from a gathering where Twitter CEO met people from varied fields during his visit to India. He can be seen posing with a group of women, including journalists, writers, and activists while holding the poster, reported The Guardian.
Talking on the issue, a Twitter spokeswoman on Tuesday said that the poster was a gift to Dorsey by a Dalit woman who participated in the roundtable discussion. She added that the view expressed on the poster is nor of Jack and neither of the company.
“The sentiments expressed on the poster do not reflect the views of Twitter as a company or Jack as the CEO, and we regret that this picture has detracted from an otherwise insightful trip to India,” she said.
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal and public policy head, who also attended the roundtable meeting along with Jack, apologized individually to several users
“I’m very sorry for this,” Gadde said, adding that the poster did not reflect the company’s views. “We took a private photo with a gift just given to us — we should have been more thoughtful. Twitter strives to be an impartial platform for all.”
Dorsey’s maiden trip to India, one of Twitter’s fastest-growing markets, earlier this month included meeting with some prominent Indian personalities including the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with whom he discussed the importance of global conversations on social media platforms, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Tibetan spiritual guru Dalai Lam, and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.