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After Musk’s intention to buy Twitter: UN urges fight against hate speech

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Social media must ensure that there is no hate speech on the platforms, the United Nations is demanding with a view to Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase.

 

Following tech billionaire Elon Musk’s declaration of intent to buy Twitter, the United Nations has stressed the need to fight hate speech. “It is very important for social media companies to ensure they have policies in place that avoid the promotion of violence or hatred,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday. This protects users. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has no particular insight into Musk’s plans with Twitter.

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Musk, the richest person in the world, had previously announced that he wanted to buy Twitter for around $44 billion after months of tugging. He wants to take Twitter out of the stock market and set up a new management. The takeover is also politically explosive because Musk could decide, among other things, whether Twitter will reinstate former US President Donald Trump.

In an interview in May, Musk described Trump’s ban from Twitter in the course of his expressions of sympathy for supporters who stormed the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 as “morally wrong and just plain stupid”. A return could come just in time for Trump with a view to a possible candidacy in the 2024 presidential election.

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