Twitter’s decision to close its Brussels office and the layoff of thousands of employees raises concerns about whether the company can comply with the European Union’s new strict rules against illegal content online, European justice chief Didier Reynders said on Thursday.
Reynders, who met with Twitter representatives at the social media platform’s European headquarters in Dublin, asked for clarification from the company, a European Commission official told Reuters.
“Twitter representatives confirmed the company’s commitment to ensure full compliance with EU rules. Commissioner Reynders took note and asked Twitter to turn this commitment into concrete measures,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The new rules known as the Digital Services Act, which will take effect from February 2024, will require online platforms to do more to monitor the internet for illegal content or face fines of up to 6% of their annual global revenue.
Twitter has fired top executives and cut sizable jobs with little warning following billionaire Elon Musk’s tumultuous takeover of the company last month. About half of the workforce — about 3,700 employees — has been laid off and more than 1,000 have resigned.
Twitter’s last two Brussels employees are no longer with the company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The team, which interacted with Commission officials on policy and regulatory issues, originally consisted of six people.
Reynders also warned Twitter and other tech companies to do more to tackle hate speech online after the latest data showed they had removed less content this year than in previous years.
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