Twitter dismantled the office in Brussels, which is raising fears among European Union (EU) officials about whether the social network will welcome the new rules on online content.
The newspaper “Financial Times” recalls that Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, who were responsible for digital policy in Europe, left the social network last week, according to five people who were aware of these movements, cited by the EFE agency.
These executives had been at the forefront of the company’s efforts to comply with the EU’s disinformation code and with the European bloc’s Digital Services Act, which took effect last week and details new rules on how tech giants must keep users safe. online.
In addition, the FT underlines that other Twitter executives in the Brussels office left their posts at the beginning of the month, as part of executive cuts by the technology company, which laid off half of its workforce.
According to the British daily, the departures from the Brussels office reveal a global trend ranging from India to France, in which local Twitter executives who played key positions in negotiations with government officials are abruptly leaving the organization.
This has raised growing concerns about whether the company has the staff to ensure compliance with local laws relating to online content.
Speaking to the FT, Vera Jourová, at the EU vice-presidency responsible for the disinformation code, expressed “concern at the news of the dismissal of such a large number of Twitter employees in Europe” and underlined that if you want to “effectively detect and taking measures against disinformation and propaganda, this requires resources”.
In particular, “in the context of the Russian disinformation war, I expect Twitter to fully respect EU law and honor its commitments. Twitter has been a very useful partner in the fight against disinformation and hate speech and that does not must change,” he concluded.
On October 28, tycoon Elon Musk confirmed the purchase of Twitter.