Twitter receives negative reviews on the Google Play Store after a photo of CEO Jack Dorsey holding a poster with the words "Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy" went viral on the platform, with some users saying his position was "anti-Hindu" and & quot; anti-Brahmin & quot ;.
Dorsay is accused of "Hinduphobia" and "incitement of violence and hatred" for conducting the poster.
The poster, originally designed by a US-based Dalit rights activist, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, shows a Dalit woman holding a sign that says "Smash Brahminical Patriarchy." The poster was endowed with the Twitter CEO by Project Mukti's Sanghapali Aruna, who met him during his recent visit to India.
Twitter has since been apologized and said the poster does not reflect the company's views. India's head of legal and policy, Vijaya Gadde, sent tweeted: "I'm sorry about that, it does not reflect our views." We took a private photo with a gift that was simply given to us – we should be more Twitter is trying to be an impartial platform for everyone, we did not do it here and we have to do better to serve our customers in India. "
However, the app now gets negative reviews on the Google Play Store, a model we've seen in the past when the platforms struggle.
The angry Indians who give negative reviews are not new. Snapchat and the Snapdeal Indian e-commerce application have experienced it in the past. In Snapchat, CEO Evan Spiegel was accused of referring to India as a poor country and saying that the application was not intended for the market. There was no proof that Spiegel actually said that, but it was enough for many outraged Indians to threaten to uninstall the app and leave negative reviews to the App Store and the Google Play Store. Snapchat scores were hit during the event.
In the case of Twitter, his apology has not softened things so far. Feminists have pointed out that the term "Brahmanical patriarchy" has nothing to do with being anti-Hindu or anti-Brahmin. They claim that it seeks to identify how patriarchy works within the example of caste in India, and that the two are interrelated.
Some have also pointed out that Twitter's Chief Executive may get a first-hand taste of how women on the platform continue to experience vitriolic attacks and abuse when expressing their views.
Journalist Anna MM Vetticad tweeted that it was "sad to see the lack of awareness and concern about caste issues," referring to Gadde's tweet.
Vetticad added: "In a separate note, this was not a" private photo "- it was shot by a @TwitterIndia rep & posted to share if we wanted it. We drop you under the bus to save your skin. jack."
It's sad to see the lack of awareness and worry about the kite issues in your tweet, @vijaya. In a separate note, this was not a "private photo" – shot by one @TwitterIndia rep & mail us to share if we wish. You throw us under the bus to save your skin. Incredible! @jack https://t.co/zZ9StvsbLb
– Anna MM Vecichet (@annavetticad) 20 November 2018
Many on Twitter are still angry about the photo and claimed that Dorsey is racist and anti-Hindu. They also called him anti-Brahmin. It remains to be seen if someone really plans to leave Twitter on the photo.