EU Expresses Concern Over Layoffs As Twitter Closes Its Brussels Office

Since Elon Musk tookover, About half of the workforce has been laid off from Twitter.

San Francisco:

 Twitter’s resolution to close down its Brussels workplace and the shedding of hundreds of workers are drawing issues on whether or not the corporate can adjust to new powerful European Union guidelines towards unlawful on-line content material, EU justice chief Didier Reynders stated on Thursday.

Reynders, who met with Twitter representatives on the social media platform’s European headquarters in Dublin, sought clarifications from the corporate, a European Commission official instructed Reuters.

“Twitter representatives reaffirmed the commitment of the company to ensure full compliance with EU rules. Commissioner Reynders took note of it and asked Twitter to translate this commitment into concrete measures,” the official stated, talking on situation of anonymity.

The new guidelines generally known as the Digital Services Act, which is able to apply from February 2024, require on-line platforms to do extra to police the web for unlawful content material or danger fines as a lot as 6% of their annual international turnover.

Twitter has fired high executives and enforced steep job cuts with little warning following billionaire Elon Musk’s tumultuous takeover of the corporate final month. About half of the workforce – round 3,700 workers – has been laid off whereas greater than 1,000 have resigned.

Twitter’s final two Brussels-based workers are now not with the corporate, an individual aware of the matter instructed Reuters, talking on situation of anonymity. The workforce, which interacted with Commission officers on coverage and regulatory points, had initially numbered six folks.

Reynders additionally warned Twitter and different tech corporations to do extra to deal with on-line hate speech after the newest information confirmed that they had eliminated much less content material this yr than in earlier years.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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