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The picture that’s come to haunt twitter: Women present in meeting with Jack Dorsey call out twitter’s “lies”

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  • A group of women who attended the meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, called out what they termed twitter’s lies
  • Barkha Dutt lashed out at Twitter for the “lies” and “poor handling” of the “interaction’’ at Twitter’s meeting
  • Anna MM Vetticad, Nilanjana S Roy, Rituparna Chatterjee and Sanghapali Aruna have taken in Twiters legal head for “apologizing to handles” alleging that they were instigating hate

New Delhi (IECurrentAffairs) Led by leading journalist Barkha Dutt, a group of women who attended the meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, called out what they termed twitter’s lies with regard to the controversial poster the Twitter CEO was holding as he posed for a picture with the ladies, posing with a placard which read “smash brahminical patriarchy”, apparently “gifted” to him by a dalit activist Along with Dorsey, Ms. Vijaya Gadde, Legal Head, Twitter India, Ms. Amrita Tripathi, Twitter India Employee, Ms. Nilajana Roy and others, who were seen in the picture with Jack Dorsey, holding the offensive placard have been named in the complaint filed under section 153A/295A/505/120B IPC by Goa Chronicle and Indian Expose Founder Savio Rodrigues,  for hurting religious sentiments of millions of Hindus under planned criminal conspiracy with sole intention to incite riots and communal disharmony in the country.

However, the other ladies, who were not a part of team twitter have distanced themselves from the controversy and have actually taken on Twitter for hoodwinking them Barkha Dutt lashed out at Twitter for the “lies” and “poor handling” of the “interaction’’ at Twitter’s meeting.She said that “lies’’ by Twitter India reps (Read Vijaya Gadde, Legal Head, Twitter India) were making her “angry”.

 Barkha Dutt said that Vijaya Gadde, Policy Head at Twitter India , had “apologised and even cried” for “being tone deaf on caste bias’’ during the roundtable discussion. But her statement was the “exact opposite”.  She also rubbished Gadde’s claim that the photo was “private”. Dutt emphasized that the “photo (was) taken & mailed to us by Twitter”

Regarding the photo, she said some folks did mention a photo. “Some of the invitees did not want to be photographed, others like myself didn’t care. I did not notice any poster in @jack hand. Yet I would not have posed with @jack holding poster. He chose to hold it himself. Photo was mailed by Twitter Staff. @vijaya said one thing in private, another in public”, Barkha Dutt tweeted.

She ended her statement with very strong words. “Unlike some of us who stand up to bullying and hold our own, you guys played all sides & were truthful to none, So I broke my silence. But nice you got a taste of your own meds :)”

Meanwhile the other women present during the same discussion with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Anna MM Vetticad, Nilanjana S Roy, Rituparna Chatterjee and Sanghapali Aruna—have released a statement. The statement has also called out Vijaya Gadde, for what they term as factual inaccuracies in her Twitter apology. Gadde had called it a “private photo”.

“It comes as a disappointment to all of us dealing with the abuse, harassment and legal threats that we are facing now, that Vijaya Gadde has, in a Twitter apology, chosen to claim that the photo was a ‘private photo’, has apologised to handles alleging that we were instigating hate and—in sharp contrast to her emotional, apologetic response at that private meeting—publicly distanced herself from Dalit and gender concerns.”

The statement said this was in “sharp contrast to Twitter’s strong stand” in favour of women and marginalised communities. It said Twitter’s “misrepresentation and half-truths” were why they were compelled to issue the statement.

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