Twitter closes its offices in Brussels

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The offices of Twitter in Brussels are empty. The departure of two senior managers of the company in Europe has certified the complete dismantling of its branch, as reported by the Financial Times this Thursday. This closure is particularly worrying the European Union (EU), which fears that, with Elon Musk at the forefront, the social network fails to comply with the privacy and online safety rules set by the community club.

Internal sources have reported It was pointed out to the British media that Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, in charge of the application of Twitter's digital policy in Europe, left the platform In the past week. It is unknown if they were fired or resigned after the company's new owner gave its workers an ultimatum that they must commit to an “extreme work culture”, a threat that has led to the exodus of many employees. The company currently has an estimated 2,700 employees worldwide, less than half the 7,500 it had just a month ago.

Both executives led Twitter's efforts in recent years to comply with various EU laws, from the one that obliges these companies to respect the privacy of their users as well as to protect the privacy of their users. such as the DSA, the pioneering law adopted last October that forces big tech companies to be more transparent and limit hate speech strong>, among other measures.

Concern in the EU

The lack of staff at Twitter's Brussels office worries EU officials, who fear problems in compliance with EU laws. And it is that other executives and members of the staff of the social network in the crucial European headquarters have already been fired in the first wave of dismissals promoted by Musk. In fact, this Thursday the European Commission will publish a report. Figures that show that Twitter is working. It is worsening in compliance with the misinformation codes, as other sources have pointed out to the FT.

“If you want to effectively detect and act against disinformation and propaganda, this requires resources,” Věra Jourová, vice president of the European Union. “Especially in the context of Russia's disinformation war, I expect Twitter to fully respect EU law and honor its commitments. Twitter has been a very useful partner in the fight against disinformation and disinformation. illegal hate and this must not change.” Many of these executives were responsible for meeting with European officials to discuss how to adapt to the legislation passed by the Twenty-seven and thus comply with their requirements. with EU standards.

Layoffs and staff departures are not exclusive to Europe. The downsizing promoted in the United States has left key departments of the platform without staff, opening the door to problems in the operation of the social network.