Twitter reportedly disbands Brussels workplace, resulting in compliance concern | Twitter

Twitter has disbanded its complete Brussels workplace, in accordance with media reviews, elevating questions concerning the social media firm’s compliance with new EU legal guidelines to manage massive tech.

Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, who have been in control of Twitter’s digital coverage in Europe, left the corporate final week, the Monetary Instances reported.

The pair had survived an preliminary cull when Elon Musk laid off 1000’s of staff following his takeover final month. It’s unclear whether or not Mozer and La Nasa have been made redundant or selected to go away in response to Musk’s ultimatum to decide to working lengthy “extraordinarily hardcore” hours or stop.

Neither was it clear whether or not Twitter was closing its workplace within the European capital, one of many world’s largest centres of tech regulation.

Inquiries to Twitter’s press workplace went unanswered, whereas Moser and La Nasa didn’t instantly reply to messages.

Within the first spherical of layoffs, Twitter sacked about half its 7,500 workforce, dissolving complete groups, together with human rights, machine studying and algorithmic ethics. Among the many 1000’s who misplaced their jobs was the pinnacle of the Brussels workplace, Stephen Turner. He tweeted on 14 November: “After 6 years I’m formally retired from Twitter. From beginning the workplace in Brussels to constructing an superior staff it has been a tremendous trip.”

The collapse of the small Brussels staff has raised questions concerning the firm’s capability to implement new guidelines meant to rein within the energy of huge tech and limit hate speech. EU officers are mentioned to have many contacts primarily based in Dublin, the place Twitter has its European headquarters, though that workplace has additionally confronted 50% cuts. “I can affirm that we now have energetic and ongoing contacts with Twitter (and different platforms) on totally different matters,” a European Fee spokesperson mentioned.

Senior officers have expressed confidence that the departures on the Brussels workplace don’t threaten Twitter’s capability to adjust to key EU legal guidelines affecting giant tech corporations.

The information got here because the fee revealed that Twitter – together with most different tech corporations – had grow to be slower in responding to hate speech reviews. In 2016, giant social media corporations agreed to a code of conduct with the EU govt, pledging to evaluate most notifications of hate speech in lower than 24 hours. In a seven-week interval this 12 months, Twitter assessed solely 54% of notifications inside 24 hours, as a part of a basic efficiency decline by most signatories to the code.

The corporate can even need to grapple with the EU’s Digital Markets Act, a landmark legislation meant to curb the dominance of huge platforms that got here into pressure this month.