Amid mass dismissals on Twitter, UN urges Elon Musk to ‘make sure human rights are at the heart’ of company management

United Nations human rights chief Volker Türk has urged Elon Musk, the new owner and CEO of Twitter, to “ensure that human rights are at the heart of Twitter’s management”.

The letter comes a day after the billionaire fired half of Twitter’s workforce following an announcement that the social media platform was losing more than $4 million a day.

Elon Musk with the Twitter logo

In this illustration photo, an image of Elon Musk is displayed on a computer screen and the logo of twitter on a mobile phone in Ankara, Turkey, October 6, 2022. (Muhammed Selim Korkutata/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

In the open letter published on Saturday, Türk wrote, “Respect for our shared human rights should set the safeguards for the use and evolution of the platform.”

The UN human rights chief urged Twitter’s ‘Chief Twit’ to defend the right to privacy and underlined that Twitter had a responsibility to avoid amplifying rights-infringing content of others.

ELON MUSK LAUNCHES $8 MONTHLY TWITTER SUBSCRIPTION, INCLUDES BLUE TICK AND REVIEW CHECK SYSTEM

Türk encouraged Musk to promote the “privacy and free speech rights” of users.

She conversely included that “freedom of expression is not a pass”, taking the example of the spread of “harmful” disinformation from the COVID-19 pandemic “in relation to the vaccines”.

LogoTwitter

A sign from Twitter headquarters is displayed in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Employees were bracing for widespread layoffs on Twitter on Friday as new owner Elon Musk overhauls the social platform. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu/AP Newsroom)

Türk continued, arguing that Twitter’s content moderation should continue to prohibit “hate that incites discrimination”, adding that “they know that hate speech spreads like wildfire across social media platforms. in countries with radically different cultural, political and religious backgrounds – with horrific, life-threatening consequences for thousands of people.”

TWITTER EMPLOYEES FILE LAWSUIT CLAIMING MASS LAYOFFS BY VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW REQUIRING NOTICE

His words of warning come as the billionaire balances his pledge to restore free speech to the social media platform while simultaneously preventing the platform from descending into a “free-for-all hellscape”. which he pledged to prevent.

Türk’s open letter concluded by stating that “Twitter has much to offer our common agenda for a better world, but we need to be clear-headed about what is needed to make it a reality.”

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE ROAD BY CLICKING HERE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *