The UN’s excessive commissioner for human rights, Volker Türk, has despatched an open letter to Twitter’s new proprietor Elon Musk, asking him to make sure that Twitter respects human rights and displays hate speech and misinformation.
We obtained a duplicate of the letter for you right here.
Within the letter, Türk stated he was writing with “concern and apprehension about our digital public sq. and Twitter’s function in it.”
Türk additionally stated that there’s a want to watch hate speech and disinformation, noting that free speech shouldn’t be a “free cross.”
“Like all corporations, Twitter wants to grasp the harms related to its platform and take steps to deal with them,” Türk wrote.
“Respect for our shared human rights ought to set the guardrails for the platform’s use and evolution. In brief, I urge you to make sure human rights are central to the administration of Twitter underneath your management.”
He additionally stated that Twitter ought to respect individuals’s rights to “fullest extent doable underneath relevant legal guidelines” and to publish transparency stories on authorities strain to infringe on individuals’s rights.
The UN official additionally warned about so-called misinformation and hate speech.
“Twitter has a accountability to keep away from amplifying content material that ends in harms to individuals’s rights,” Türk stated. “There isn’t any place for hatred that incites discrimination, hostility or violence on Twitter.
“Hate speech has unfold like wildfire on social media … with horrific, life-threatening penalties.”
“Conversely, viral unfold of dangerous disinformation, resembling we’ve got seen in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to vaccines, ends in actual world harms. Twitter has a accountability to keep away from amplifying content material that ends in harms to individuals’s rights,” the excessive commissioner stated.