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UN urges Musk to support human rights on Twitter

UN urges Musk to support human rights on Twitter

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Saturday urged new Twitter owner Elon Musk to ensure these rights are respected on the social network.

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“I urge you to ensure that human rights are central to the management of Twitter under your leadership,” Mr. Turk wrote in an open letter, where he expressed his “concerns about our digital public sphere and Twitter’s role in it.”

He added, “Respect for common human rights should serve as safeguards for the use and development of the platform” and “like all companies, Twitter must understand the harms associated with its platform and take steps to repair it.”

In that sense, the information that Elon Musk has fired the entire Twitter team dedicated to human rights is “not, in my view, an encouraging start,” as Mr. Turk lamented.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, who rightly posted his open letter on Twitter, where he has about 25,000 followers, outlined six core principles, including freedom of expression, protecting privacy and ensuring transparency.

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, took control of Twitter on October 28, after buying the social network from Bluebird for €44 billion. He promptly dissolved the board of directors, fired the leaders, before firing about half of the 7,500 employees.