Twitter loses entire Brussels office as regulators close in

Twitter loses entire Brussels office as regulators close in

Twitter Inc. lost Its last remaining staff are in the Brussels regulatory hub, at a time when it faces increasing scrutiny from lawmakers.

Twitter Inc. lost Its last remaining staff are in the Brussels regulatory hub, at a time when it faces increasing scrutiny from lawmakers.

The small office of six employees has been reduced to two in recent weeks following Elon Musk’s sensational culling of staff, according to people familiar with the exits. The remaining two members left over the past week, after Musk called on employees to adhere to a “hard work culture.”

The Brussels office has been a major hub for Twitter to deal with a flood of European regulations, many of which only recently went into effect. The Social media The platform has long disputed the notion that it is failing to manage hate speech and misinformation.

Julia Moser and Dario No NASAthe top public policy directors and the last remaining staff in the Brussels office left over the past week, people said, World Health Organization He declined to comment on the record of employee departures.

Neither Moser nor NASA could be reached for comment. A Twitter spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. The Brussels departure was first reported by the Financial Times.

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European regulators and officials were quick to demand that Twitter keep up with its regulatory requirements. Hours after billionaire Musk finalized his $44 billion deal for the company, European Commissioner Thierry Breton sent a warning to the new owner, calling on the company to “play by our rules.”

Musk has tried to reassure European regulators that he will follow their rules. The Tesla The CEO called Breton the day after he took over Twitter to say the platform would comply with the DSA, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Since then, Musk’s strategy has been to cut Twitter’s workforce in half in sweeping job cuts that have involved much of the company’s management. managers in United kingdom And Ireland also left, while the head of Twitter France He announced his departure in a tweet Sunday.

Dublin meeting

Speaking after sitting down with Twitter staff in Dublin, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said Thursday that the company must comply with the bloc’s strict databases. He said they had made strong commitments to keeping users’ data secure and stressed that the team in Dublin would be held accountable.

“What we’ve seen in the past few weeks is very worrying,” Reynders said during a news conference. “We have received a clear commitment from Twitter shareholders and the team in Dublin,” to work on this “but now we need to see concrete measures for full compliance.”

Last Friday, French media regulator Arcom sent a letter to Twitter’s European headquarters in Ireland, asking if the social network still had the means to maintain content moderation in accordance with French and EU laws, following job cuts.

Arcom’s president, Roch-Olivier Maistre, has expressed deep concern about Twitter’s ability to maintain a safe environment for its users following staff cuts. Like other platforms, Twitter is required to fight misinformation and hate speech under French laws.

Ireland’s data watchdog also held a meeting with representatives from Twitter last week after the company’s chief data protection officer left the company. Twitter has an acting official and has told the data protection watchdog that it will comply with the EU’s own databases. The Irish Data Protection Commission said it would monitor the situation “closely”.

The EU’s Digital Services Act gives governments more power to enforce rules governing how tech companies moderate content and to decide when they must remove illegal content. If Musk does not comply, Twitter will face fines of up to 6% of annual sales and could even be banned.

Compliance would be complex and expensive. Next summer, Twitter and all major online platforms will have to add ways for users to report illegal content and have enough staff to moderate content across the EU. The company will also have to provide a risk assessment showing how it will reduce legal and harmful content including misinformation and harassment. The commission could force the company to change its algorithm or even raid Twitter’s offices to ensure it follows the new rules.

Twitter also has to make sure it sticks to regulation in the works, such as the European Union’s artificial intelligence law. The current proposal bans the use of algorithms that are shown to discriminate against people, which could affect Twitter’s face trimmers which have been shown to favor thin young women. The European Union’s child sexual abuse material proposal could force Twitter to scan private messages for images of child sexual abuse or grooming. This is still under discussion in the European Union.

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