Twitter’s decision to close its Brussels office and lay off thousands of employees is raising concerns about whether the company will be able to comply with new European Union rules on illegal online content. EU judicial director Didier Reynders said on Thursday.
Reynders, who met with Twitter representatives at the social media platform’s Europe headquarters in Dublin, sought clarification from the company, a European Commission official told Reuters. .
“Twitter representatives reaffirmed the company’s commitment to ensuring full compliance with EU rules. Commissioner Reynders noted that and asked Twitter to translate this commitment into concrete measures. “, the official said on condition of anonymity.
New rules known as the Digital Services Act, which will apply from February 2024, require online platforms to do more to police the internet about illegal or at-risk content. fined up to 6% of their annual global turnover.
Twitter fired top executives and enforced steep cuts without warning after billionaire Elon Musk took over the company last month. About half of the workforce – about 3,700 employees – have been laid off while more than 1,000 have resigned.
The last two Brussels-based Twitter employees no longer work for the company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The group, which interacts with Commission officials on policy and regulatory issues, initially consisted of six people.
Reynders also warned Twitter and other tech companies to do more to tackle hate speech online after the latest data showed they removed less content this year than in previous years. .
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