The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, requested to protect freedom of expression, prevent the amplification of content that harms rights and the privacy of others, and ensure that Twitter does not incite “discrimination, hostility or violence”
Volker Türk (left) with Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has urged the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, to ensure that Human Rights are fundamental to the management and development of the platform, after all members of the team of this area have been dismissed after taking office.
Similarly, the representative of the United Nations has recalled that he has also dispensed with all the personnel dedicated to ethical artificial intelligence, with the exception of two people, which he has highlighted that “it is not an encouraging start”.
Türk recalled this Saturday in a letter that the businessman has “enormous responsibilities” in this field due to the “influential role of the platform as a digital space”, so you must understand the damage associated with the social network and take steps to address it.
He has also called on Musk to protect freedom of expression, prevent the amplification of content that harms the rights and privacy of others, and ensure that Twitter does not incite “discrimination, hostility or violence”.
Musk was installed as the company's sole director (for now) and declared himself “Chief Twit,” then “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” in his bio. (photo: Sky Times)
In the letter, he also highlighted the advantages and opportunities of the platform, which, he assured, “has much to offer to our common agenda for a common world” , although, he has pointed out that they must be clear about the requirements to make it a reality.
THE TAKING OF POWER
Musk, with his band of tech industry loyalists, hit Twitter just over a week ago ready to tear down the bluebird's nest and rebuild it in his vision at breakneck speed. He quickly fired top executives and the board of directors, installed himself as the sole director of the company (for now), and declared himself “Chief Twit”, then “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” in your bio.
On Friday, he began mass layoffs at the San Francisco-based company, laying off about half of its workers via email to bring it back to staffing levels not seen since 2014.
One of Musk's first moves was to fire the woman in charge of trust and security on the platform, Vijaya Gadde. But he has stood by Yoel Roth, Twitter's head of security and integrity, and has taken steps to reassure users and advertisers that the site won't turn into “rogue hell” as some fear.
Elon Musk justified the dismissals on Twitter through from your official account.
A certain amount of chaos is to be expected after a corporate takeover, as is layoffs and layoffs. But Musk's shady plans for Twitter, especially his policies on content moderation, misinformation and hate speech, are raising alarm bells about where one of the world's most high-profile information ecosystems is headed. All that seems certain is that, for now at least, as Elon Musk says, so does Twitter.
On Saturday, the company announced a subscription service for $7.99 per month which allows anyone on Twitter to pay a checkmark fee “just like the celebrities, businesses, and politicians you already follow,” as well as some premium features, not yet available, like having your tweets increment above those that come from accounts without the blue check.
(with information from EP and AP)
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