hile Facebook and Google look for ways back into China, it appears that Twitter has no such illusions of climbing back over the Great Firewall with the company’s CEO visiting the Dalai Lama over the weekend.
Jack Dorsey is currently on his first trip to India. On Saturday, he shared an image on his Twitter account from his meeting with the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, thanking the Tibetan spiritual leader for not pulling out his nose ring.
Thank you @DalaiLama. You’re an amazing teacher.
Also: thank you for not actually pulling out my nose ring, despite a lot of painful effort. pic.twitter.com/fEYtui5EY0
— jack (@jack) November 10, 2018
Obviously, Dorsey’s post is unlikely to endear him to the leadership in Beijing. Over the years, various celebrities like Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez have reportedly been banned from coming to China after meeting with the Dalai Lama while foreign governments have been frozen out by China after welcoming the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to their country. Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz was even forced to apologize after quoting the Dalai Lama on its Instagram page.
Twitter has been officially blocked in China since 2009, but has remained a popular forum for Chinese dissidents. Unlike say Facebook, whose CEO once jogged around Tiananmen Square and reportedly asked Xi Jinping for baby name suggestions, or Google, which was exposed this year for working todevelop a China-approved version of its search engine, Twitter at least appears at peace with its position behind the Great Firewall.