New Twitter CEO Parag Aggarwal criticized by social media users for old tweet on racism


New Delhi: Twitter’s new Indian-origin CEO Parag Agarwal, replacing Jack Dorsey, was on Tuesday trolled on his own platform for an 11-year-old tweet that made racist remarks.

In 2010, when he was not even an employee of Twitter, Agarwal cited a comedian to mock racism and Islamophobia in the US.

In a tweet posted on October 26, 2010, Agarwal said, “If they are not going to differentiate between Muslims and extremists, why should I differentiate between white people and racists?

Questioning this, Republican Ken Buck, who represents Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, asked how users can count on Twitter’s new CEO to treat everyone equally.

Agarwal, however, was quick to clarify his comment to a user. He posted, I was quoting Asif Mandvi from The Daily Show. The article you are reading seems too deep for my current mental state.

Agarwal also posted about Facebook and said that the social media giant is just a waste of time. Facebook is like a prison. You sit around, waste time, have a profile picture, write on walls and get poked by people you don’t know (via Gizmodo).

Agarwal had earlier tweeted, “Facebook is seriously messed up. When you use an app that doesn’t do HTTPS the HTTPS settings revert back to HTTP.

Agarwal will take over from Dorsey as CEO in 2022. Agarwal has joined a select group of CEOs of leading Indian-origin technology companies in the US.

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