UN urges Musk to uphold human rights on Twitter

UN urges Musk to uphold human rights on Twitter


The 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 at the center of the management of Twitter under your leadership,” Mr. Türk wrote in an open letter, where he expressed his “apprehension about our digital public square and Twitter's role in it.”

“Respect for our shared human rights should serve as safeguards for the use and evolution of platform” and “like all businesses, Twitter needs to understand the harm associated with its platform and take steps to address it,” he added.

In this sense, reports that Elon Musk fired the entire Twitter team that was dedicated to human rights is “not, in my view, an encouraging start nt”, regretted Mr. Türk.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, who rightly published his open letter on Twitter, where he has some 25,000 followers, set out six fundamental principles , including freedom of expression, the protection of privacy and the 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 managers, before laying off around half of the 7,500 employees.