Twitter Folds Brussels Office, Sparking E.U. Officials Concerns

Twitter has folded its Brussels workplace following a wave of company-wide cuts and departures. Though the Brussels workplace was small, it was perceived as a “essential conduit to European policymakers,” in response to the Monetary Instances, which was first to report the information.

The final two pillars of the Brussels workplace, Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, reportedly left the corporate final week.

Mozer and La Nasa had been in control of Twitter’s digital coverage in Europe, together with the compliance to EU’s disinformation code and the Digital Providers Act, which goals to restrict the unfold of unlawful content material on-line.

The disbanding of the Brussels workplace is happening at a essential time because the Digital Providers Act got here into impact final week, and EU officers are involved that Twitter is not going to abide by these new guidelines.

“I’m involved concerning the information of firing such an unlimited quantity of workers of Twitter in Europe,” Věra Jourová, the EU’s VP in control of the disinformation code, advised the Monetary Instances in a written assertion which was later despatched to Selection.

Jourová additionally stated she expects “Twitter to totally respect the EU legislation and honour its commitments, (…) particularly within the context of Russian disinformation warfare.”

She stated Twitter has been a “very helpful companion within the combat in opposition to disinformation and unlawful hate speech and this should not change.”

The policymaker warned Twitter that “European legal guidelines proceed to use to Twitter, no matter who’s the proprietor.”

“Musk shouldn’t underestimate our dedication to carry duty and accountability to the large platforms. We, because the EU, is not going to settle for that the European info house is as soon as once more simply poisoned by disinformation or Russian propaganda,” Jourová continued.

Different Twitter executives had been axed as a part of the foremost layoffs deliberate by Twitter’s new proprietor Elon Musk. Roughly every week after buying Twitter for $44 billion, Musk geared as much as lay off about half of the present workforce of roughly 7,500.

Twitter couldn’t be reached for remark because it doesn’t at present seem to have a media relations staff.