Twitter has dismantled its complete Brussels workplace, based on media studies, elevating questions in regards to the social media firm’s compliance with new EU legal guidelines to regulate huge expertise.
Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, who’s in command of Twitter’s digital coverage in Europe, left the corporate final week, the Monetary Instances reported.
The pair survived preliminary annihilation when Elon Musk laid off hundreds of workers following his takeover final month. It is unclear whether or not Mozer and La Nasa had been made redundant or selected to depart in response to Musk’s ultimatum to decide to working “very arduous” lengthy hours or give up.
It is usually unclear whether or not Twitter will shut its places of work in European capitals, one of many world’s largest facilities of expertise regulation.
Inquiries to Twitter’s press workplace went unanswered, whereas Moser and La Nasa didn’t instantly reply to messages.
In its first spherical of layoffs, Twitter fired about half of its 7,500 workforce, dissolving a whole group, together with human rights, machine studying, and algorithmic ethics. Among the many hundreds who misplaced their jobs was the pinnacle of the Brussels workplace, Stephen Turner. He tweeted on Nov. 14: “After 6 years I formally retired from Twitter. From beginning an workplace in Brussels to constructing an incredible group, it has been an incredible journey.”
The collapse of the small Brussels group has raised questions in regards to the firm’s capacity to implement new guidelines meant to regulate huge technological powers and restrict hate speech. EU officers are mentioned to have many contacts primarily based in Dublin, the place Twitter has its European headquarters, although that workplace additionally faces a 50% minimize. “I can affirm that we’ve energetic and ongoing contact with Twitter (and different platforms) on a wide range of matters,” mentioned a spokesperson for the European Fee.
Senior officers have expressed confidence that the departure within the Brussels workplace doesn’t threaten Twitter’s capacity to adjust to key EU legal guidelines affecting main expertise firms.
The information comes because the fee revealed that Twitter — together with most different tech firms — has been slower to reply to studies of hate speech. In 2016, main social media firms agreed on a code of conduct with EU executives, pledging to evaluate most notifications of hate speech in lower than 24 hours. In a seven-week interval this 12 months, Twitter rated solely 54% notifications in 24 hours, as a part of a basic decline in efficiency by most code signers.
Firms may also should grapple with the EU Digital Markets Act, a landmark piece of laws meant to curb the dominance of massive platforms that went into impact this month.