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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Faces Backlash Over 'Disgraceful' Myanmar Tweets

The social media company's chief executive has been criticised for promoting Myanmar as a 'beautiful' tourist destination despite the mass human rights abuses occurring in the country. 

Jack Dorsey used a number of tweets to share his experiences of travel, food and meditation in Myanmar's cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.

He said the highlight of his trip was serving food to monks and nuns and donating sandals and umbrellas to them. Dorsey also explained how he mediated in a cave with other travellers and posted images from his Apple Watch of his lowering heart rate as his body calmed.

"Myanmar is an absolutely beautiful country," Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

"The people are full of joy and the food is amazing."

Many Twitter users, however, were quick to notice Dorsey's lack of acknowledgement of the humans rights abuses of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

Thousands of people have been killed since Myanmar's military started to use violence against the group last year, following Rohingya attacks on a number of police officers.

More than 700,000 Rohingya people have fled their homes and sought asylum in other Asian nations but many were killed, enslaved or raped in the process and their homes destroyed.

In a recent report, the United Nations said "top military commanders in Myanmar should be investigated and prosecuted for the gravest crimes against civilians under international law, including genocide".

The UN also called the violence in Myanmar a " textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

READ MORE: Myanmar Military Must Face Genocide Charges: UN

READ MORE: The Shock Troops Who Expelled The Rohingya From Myanmar

"Clearly Jack doesn't read any news but his own," one Twitter user wrote.

"Disgraceful lack of sensitivity to the displaced."

Another user called the series of Tweets "clueless".

Dorsey has not responded to the backlash.

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Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au