The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, sent an open letter to Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter Inc., on Saturday, urging him to “ensure that human rights are at the heart of governance.” from Twitter”.
Twitter Inc on Friday laid off half of its staff and tweets from employees of the social media company said the team in charge of human rights was among those affected, a development Turk described as not an “encouraging start”.
“Twitter is part of a global revolution that has changed the way we communicate,” Volker Turk said in the letter. “But I write with concern and anxiety about our digital square and Twitter’s role in it.”
“Like all businesses, Twitter needs to understand the damage of its platform and take steps to address it,” he added. “Respect for our shared human rights should be the guardrail for the use and evolution of the platform.”
“In short, I urge you to ensure that human rights are at the heart of the management of Twitter under your leadership,” the High Commissioner said.
Friday’s layoffs ended a week of chaos and uncertainty over Twitter’s future under Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, who tweeted Friday that the service was experiencing a “massive drop in revenue.”
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