EU voices concern over layoffs as Twitter closes its Brussels office

EU voices concern over layoffs as Twitter closes its Brussels office

Nearly half of the employees have been laid off from Twitter since Elon Musk took over.

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EU justice chief Didier Reynders said on Thursday that Twitter’s decision to close its Brussels office and lay off thousands of staff is raising concerns about whether the company can comply with new tougher EU rules against illegal online content. Is.

A European Commission official told Reuters that Renders, who met Twitter representatives at the social media platform’s European headquarters in Dublin, sought clarification from the company.

“Twitter’s representatives reaffirmed the company’s commitment to ensuring full compliance with EU regulations,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Commissioner Reynders took note of this and asked Twitter to implement this commitment with concrete measures. Told to change in.”

The new rule, known as the Digital Services Act, which will come into effect from February 2024, requires online platforms to do more to police the internet for illegal content or face fines of up to 6% of their annual global turnover.

Twitter has fired top executives and cut jobs with little warning following billionaire Elon Musk’s tumultuous takeover of the company last month. Nearly half the workforce – around 3,700 employees – have been laid off while more than 1,000 have resigned.

Twitter’s last two Brussels-based employees are no longer with the company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The team originally consisted of six people, interacting with Commission officials on policy and regulatory issues.

Reynders warned Twitter and other tech companies to do more to tackle online hate speech after latest data showed they removed less content this year than in previous years.

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