UN urges Twitter to ensure respect for human rights

Geneva, SANA- The UN high commissioner for human rights, Volker Turk, on Saturday urged Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk to make respect for human rights central to the social network after he sacked around half the company’s employees.

In an open letter, Turk was reported by the AFP as saying “Like all companies, Twitter needs to understand the harms associated with its platform and take steps to address them,” he added. “Respect for our shared human rights should set the guardrails for the platform’s use and evolution.”

“In short, I urge you to ensure human rights are central to the management of Twitter under your leadership,” the High Commissioner said.

Twitter Inc laid off half its workforce on Friday and tweets by staff of the social media company said the team responsible for human rights was among those affected, a development which Turk described as not “an encouraging start”.

Ruaa al-Jazaeri

 

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