Twitter: UN urges Elon Musk to uphold human rights

The dismissals at Twitter since the takeover of Elon Musk are “not an encouraging start”, regretted Volker Tür, the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Twitter was bought by billionaire Elon Musk. (Illustrative photo).

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Lhe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Saturday urged the new owner of Twitter Elon Musk to ensure that these rights are respected on the social network. “I urge you to ensure that human rights are central to the management of Twitter under your leadership,” Volker Türk wrote in an open letter, where he expressed his “apprehension about our digital public place and the role of Twitter in this one”.

“Respect for our shared human rights should act as safeguards for the use and evolution of the platform” and “like all companies, Twitter must understand the harms associated with its platform and take steps to remedy them “, he added.

Layoffs not ‘an encouraging start’

In this sense, the information that Elon Musk has fired the entire Twitter team that was dedicated to human rights is “not, from my point of view, an encouraging start”, regretted Volker Türk. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, who rightly posted his open letter on Twitter, where he has some 25,000 followers, set out six fundamental principles, including freedom of expression, protection of privacy and guarantee of transparency. Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, took control of Twitter on October 28, after buying the social network from the blue bird for 44 billion euros. He immediately dissolved the board of directors, fired the leaders, before dismissing about half of the 7,500 employees.

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