Twitter reportedly disbands Brussels office, leading to compliance concern | Twitter

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Twitter has disbanded its entire Brussels office, according to media reports, raising questions about the social media company’s compliance with new EU laws to control big tech.

Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, who led Twitter’s digital policy in Europe, left the company last week, the Financial Times reports.

The pair had survived an initial cull when Elon Musk laid off thousands of employees following his takeover last month. It’s unclear whether Mozer and La NASA were fired or chose to leave in response to Musk’s ultimatum to work long “extremely hardcore” hours or to quit.

Nor was it clear whether Twitter would close its office in the European capital, one of the world’s largest centers of tech regulation.

Questions to Twitter’s press office went unanswered, while Moser and La Nasa did not immediately respond to messages.

In its first round of layoffs, Twitter laid off about half of its 7,500 employees, disbanding entire teams, including human rights, machine learning, and algorithmic ethics. Among the thousands who lost their jobs was the head of the Brussels office, Stephen Turner. He tweeted on Nov. 14: “After 6 years I officially stopped using Twitter. From starting the Brussels office to building a great team, it’s been a great ride.”

The collapse of the small Brussels team has raised questions about the company’s ability to enforce new rules designed to rein in the power of big tech and limit hate speech. EU officials are said to have many contacts in Dublin, where Twitter has its European headquarters, although that office is also facing 50% cuts. “I can confirm that we have active and ongoing contacts with Twitter (and other platforms) on a variety of topics,” said a spokesperson for the European Commission.

Senior officials have expressed confidence that the departure from the Brussels office does not threaten Twitter’s ability to comply with key EU laws that affect major tech companies.

The news came as the commission revealed that Twitter — like most other tech companies — had slowed down in responding to hate speech messages. In 2016, major social media companies agreed a code of conduct with the EU executive, promising to review most reports of hate speech within 24 hours. In a seven-week period this year, Twitter rated just 54% of notifications within 24 hours, part of an overall performance decline by most of the code’s signatories.

The company will also have to grapple with the EU’s Digital Markets Act, a landmark law designed to curb the dominance of major platforms that came into effect this month.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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