‘Twitter office in Brussels dissolved, EU is concerned’

‘Twitter office in Brussels dissolved, EU is concerned’
‘Twitter office in Brussels dissolved, EU is concerned’

NOS Newstoday, 15:11

  • Nando Kastelein

    editor Tech

  • Nando Kastelein

    editor Tech

Twitter’s Brussels office has been completely dissolved, sources report to the Financial Times. The employees were the point of contact for all kinds of EU institutions, including the European Commission.

European Commissioner Jourova, responsible for countering disinformation, is concerned. “Twitter has been a useful partner in the fight against disinformation and illegal hate speech and this must not change,” she told the newspaper. The European Commission is expected to release new figures today showing that Twitter has removed about 5 percent fewer hate speech messages than a year ago.

The NOS has approached Twitter for a response, but as far as is known, the company no longer has a communication department.

Two employees left

Many employees of the Brussels office had already left after the large round of layoffs. According to the Financial Times, two people were left in charge of Twitter’s digital policy in Europe. They also left last week.

This would have happened after Elon Musk’s ‘ultimatum’ in which he forced employees to either choose extremely hard work or leave. Hundreds of employees left after this. According to the newspaper, it is unclear whether they have been fired or have resigned themselves.

It is also unknown whether they will be replaced in the short term. Musk cannot ignore the EU as a political power bloc and new tech legislation makes good contact with the office even more important. European Commissioner of Justice Reynders is talking today in Ireland with representatives of Twitter and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram. He also speaks with the Irish privacy regulator, who supervises both tech companies on behalf of all EU countries.

New legislation in force

The fact that Twitter’s office in Brussels is currently unmanned couldn’t have come at a worse time. The European Commission has started introducing the Digital Services Act. Among other things, these regulations oblige platforms to act against illegal content. In addition, Twitter has committed to a code of conduct to combat disinformation.

The Digital Services Act officially came into force last Wednesday – marking the start of a four-month period during which the European Commission designates companies that must comply with the rules. Twitter is expected to participate.

“Twitter could very well become the first test of the law,” MEP Christel Schaldemose told the Financial Times last week. “I hope and expect that the European Commission will respond quickly and firmly.”


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