Twitter’s European office in the Belgian capital, Brussels, has closed its doors, the Financial Times writes, citing sources. The newspaper said the last two workers at that site had left.
Office staff fell from six to two after Twitter owner Elon Musk cut his workforce in half as part of a… a Layoff tour. The two remaining executives, Julia Moser and Dario La NASA, left Twitter last week, writes “Financial Times”.
Moser nor NASA monitored government policy on Twitter in Europe. Among other things, they had to ensure that the platform met the requirements of the Digital Services Act (DSA). This is the one It went into effect last week. Online platforms have until February 17, 2023, to report the number of active users on their sites. Based on these user numbers, the European Commission determines whether a platform is a very large Internet platform or a very large Internet search engine. If it is a “too big platform”, the platform must fulfill additional obligations.
European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova told the Financial Times that after Twitter’s Brussels office was shut down, the platform may find it more difficult to comply with European legislation. “I am concerned about such a large number of Twitter staff being laid off in Europe. To effectively detect and act against misinformation and propaganda, it takes resources.” At the same time, Jourova expects Twitter to “fully respect EU law and fulfill its obligations.”
The office closure has not been confirmed by Twitter itself.
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