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EU Expresses Concern Over Layoffs As Twitter Closes Its Brussels Office

Since Elon Musk tookover, About half of the workforce has been laid off from Twitter.

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 Twitter’s resolution to close down its Brussels workplace and the shedding of hundreds of staff are drawing issues on whether or not the corporate can adjust to new robust European Union guidelines in opposition to unlawful on-line content material, EU justice chief Didier Reynders mentioned on Thursday.

Reynders, who met with Twitter representatives on the social media platform’s European headquarters in Dublin, sought clarifications from the corporate, a European Commission official advised Reuters.

“Twitter representatives reaffirmed the commitment of the company to ensure full compliance with EU rules. Commissioner Reynders took note of it and asked Twitter to translate this commitment into concrete measures,” the official mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity.

The new guidelines often called the Digital Services Act, which can apply from February 2024, require on-line platforms to do extra to police the web for unlawful content material or danger fines as a lot as 6% of their annual world turnover.

Twitter has fired high executives and enforced steep job cuts with little warning following billionaire Elon Musk’s tumultuous takeover of the corporate final month. About half of the workforce – round 3,700 staff – has been laid off whereas greater than 1,000 have resigned.

Twitter’s final two Brussels-based staff are not with the corporate, an individual acquainted with the matter advised Reuters, talking on situation of anonymity. The group, which interacted with Commission officers on coverage and regulatory points, had initially numbered six folks.

Reynders additionally warned Twitter and different tech firms to do extra to deal with on-line hate speech after the most recent knowledge confirmed they’d eliminated much less content material this yr than in earlier years.

(Except for the headline, this story has been edited by biznewz workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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