UN urges Musk to protect human rights on Twitter

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, issued an open letter to businessman Elon Musk this Saturday (5) asking the billionaire to ensure that “human rights are fundamental to the management of Twitter“.

On Friday (4), Twitter laid off half its workforce. Publications by company officials said the human rights team was among those affected. For Türk, the first steps of Musk’s management in front of Twitter were not “an encouraging start”.

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“Twitter is part of a global revolution that has transformed the way we communicate,” Türk said in the letter. “But I write with concern and apprehension about our digital public square and Twitter’s role in it,” he continued.

“Like all companies, Twitter needs to understand the harm associated with its platform and take steps to address it,” the UN High Commissioner wrote. “Respect for our shared human rights must set the bar for the platform’s use and evolution.”

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“In summary, I ask that you ensure that human rights are central to the management of Twitter under your leadership,” he said.

Friday’s layoffs ended a week of chaos and uncertainty over Twitter’s future under Musk, the world’s richest person, who tweeted on Friday that the service was experiencing a “massive drop in revenue”.

*Posted by Daniel Reis

Source: CNN Brasil

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