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News of Twitter dissolving Brussels office raises compliance concerns | Twitter

Twitter has completely dissolved its Brussels office, according to media reports, raising questions about the social media company’s compliance with new EU laws to control big tech.

Julia Moser and Dario La Nasa, who were responsible for Twitter’s digital policy in Europe, left the company last week. The Financial Times reported.

The couple escaped an initial cull when Elon Musk laid off thousands of employees after his takeover last month. It is unclear whether Moser nor NASA were redundant or chose to leave in response Musk alert Commitment to working “extremely hard” long hours or quitting.

Nor was it clear if Twitter was closing its office in the European capital, one of the largest centers of technology regulation in the world.

Questions to Twitter’s press office remained unanswered, while neither Moser nor NASA immediately responded to messages.

In the first round of layoffs, twitter article About half of its 7,500 workforce, dissolving entire teams, including human rights, machine learning, and algorithm ethics. Among the thousands who have lost their jobs is the head of the Brussels office, Stephen Turner. He tweeted on November 14th: “After 6 years I officially retired from Twitter. From starting the office in Brussels to building an amazing team, it’s been an amazing journey.”

The collapse of the small Brussels team has raised questions about the company’s ability to enforce new rules aimed at reining in the power of big tech and restricting hate speech. EU officials are said to have many contacts in Dublin, where Twitter is headquartered in Europe, though that office has also faced 50% cuts. A spokesperson for the European Commission said: “I can confirm that we have active and ongoing contacts with Twitter (and other platforms) on various topics.”

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Senior officials have expressed confidence that the departure in the Brussels office does not threaten Twitter’s ability to comply with key EU laws affecting big tech companies.

The news came when the commission revealed that Twitter – along with most other tech companies – had become slower to respond to reports of hate speech. In 2016, the major social media companies agreed a code of conduct with the EU executive, pledging to rate most hate speech notifications in less than 24 hours. In a seven-week period this year, Twitter Rate only 54% of notifications Within 24 hours, as part of a general decline in performance by most of the code signers.

The company will also have to grapple with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, a landmark law aimed at curbing the dominance of large platforms that took effect this month.