Volker Turk
Volker Turk

Human Rights Commissioner worried about indiscriminate layoffs in Twitter

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk wrote in an open letter to the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, urging him to ensure that human rights remain a core value to Twitter’s management. Twitter laid off half of its workforce on Friday, and tweets from employees of the social media company said the human rights team was also among those affected. Volker Turk said that this is a move that cannot be called an encouraging start.

Volker Turk said in his letter that Twitter is part of a global revolution that has changed the way we communicate. But I write with concern and apprehension about our digital public square and Twitter’s role in it. He said Twitter, like all companies, needs to understand the disadvantages associated with its platform and take steps to address them. Social platforms must set boundaries for use and development to respect our shared human rights.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said: “In short, I urge you to ensure that human rights are central to the management of Twitter under your leadership.”

Twitter’s massive layoffs have created uncertainty about the future of Twitter, owned by the world’s richest man, Elon Musk. The company has had a week of great stress since Elon Musk became the owner of Twitter.

Twitter’s revenue is seeing a sharp drop after Musk fired several top management, including Twitter’s CEO, in a jiffy. To increase revenue, Twitter has announced the launch of ‘Twitter Blue Tick’ service with a fee of $ 8 per month. PLC


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