UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has called on Twitter’s new chief Elon Musk to ensure respect for human rights online.
In his view, it is not an encouraging start that, according to reports, Musk launched the entire human rights team for the SMS service shortly after the Twitter takeover, Turk wrote Saturday in an open letter to the billionaire posted on Twitter.
Türk continued to write about his concerns about the digital public space and Twitter’s role there. Like all businesses, Twitter should be aware of the damage that can occur to the digital platform and take appropriate action.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that “respect for common human rights should serve as guiding principles for the use and development of the platform.” In short, I urge you to ensure that human rights are important to managing Twitter under your leadership.
Meanwhile, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, also spoke. Apologize to employees for mass layoffs. He is responsible for the fact that Twitter employees are now in this position. He has let Twitter grow very quickly.
A week after billionaire Elon Musk took over the company, Twitter laid off about half of its 7,500 employees on Friday. Musk actually launched Twitter management right after the acquisition. Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion at the end of October.
Politicians and civil rights activists fear that Musk will open the SMS service to uncontrolled hate mail and misinformation and unblock previously banned user accounts such as that of former US President Donald Trump.
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