Twitter has lost its last remaining staff at the Brussels regulatory center at a time when it faces increasing scrutiny from EU lawmakers.
The small office, which employs six people, has been reduced to two in recent weeks following Elon Musk’s dramatic downsizing, according to people with knowledge of the exits. The remaining two members left the company last week after Musk urged employees to commit to a “hardcore work culture.”
The Brussels office has been a key hub for Twitter to grapple with a spate of European regulations, many of which have only recently come into force. The social media platform has long struggled with perceptions that it has failed to tackle hate speech and disinformation.
Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, senior public policy managers and the last remaining staff at the Brussels office, left the office last week, said the people, who declined to comment on the record of staff departures.
Ms. Mozer and Me La Nasa could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.
European regulators and officials have been quick to demand that Twitter keep up with its regulatory requirements. Hours after billionaire Musk completed his $44 billion deal for the company, European Commissioner Thierry Breton sent a warning to the new owner, urging the company to “play by our rules.”
Mr Musk has tried to reassure European regulators that he will obey their laws. Tesla CEO called Mr Breton the day after the Twitter acquisition to say the platform would comply with the DSA, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Since then, Mr. Musk’s strategy has been to halve Twitter’s workforce through a sweeping job cut that has involved much of the company’s management.
Managers in the UK and Ireland have also left, while France’s Twitter boss announced his departure in a tweet on Sunday.
After sitting down with Twitter staff in Dublin, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said yesterday the company must comply with data rules. He said they had made firm commitments to protecting users’ data and stressed that the Dublin team would take responsibility.
“What we have seen over the past few weeks is very worrying,” Reynders said during a news conference. “We have received a clear commitment from Twitter shareholders and the Dublin team” to work on this, “but we now need to see concrete action to be fully compliant.”
Last Friday, French media regulator Arcom sent a letter to Twitter’s European headquarters in Ireland asking whether the social network still had the means to ensure moderation of content under French and EU laws after the job cuts.
Arcom’s head, Roch-Olivier Maistre, expressed his deep concern about Twitter’s ability to maintain a safe environment for its users following the downsizing. Like other platforms, Twitter is obliged under French law to fight misinformation and hate speech.
Ireland’s data watchdog also held a meeting with Twitter last week. Bloomberg
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/twitters-brussels-office-is-now-empty-as-staff-leave-the-firm-following-elon-musks-takeover-42172009.html Twitter’s Brussels office is now empty as employees leave the company following Elon Musk’s takeover