Twitter shutters Brussels office just as the EU brings stricter content rules into force

The Brussels office no longer exists, according to reports, which could make it difficult for the company to comply with new EU regulations regarding content moderation. The number of people working in the office after the new owner Elon Musk. The two remaining executives, Julia Moser and Dario La NASA, left Twitter last week, according to — just as Musk told employees to stick to his vision of Twitter 2.0 “hardcore.”

Moser and NASA oversaw Twitter’s public policy in Europe. They are responsible for efforts to ensure that Twitter complies with EU misinformation law as well. The DSA went into effect last week and will apply to businesses. It gives EU governments more power over how platforms moderate content and when tech companies must remove illegal content. Platforms must be transparent about the reasons for content moderation decisions. Affected users will have the right to appeal moderation decisions if their content is removed or access to it is restricted.

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If Twitter fails to comply with the DSA rules, it could potentially face severe penalties. Regulators can fine Twitter up to six percent of its global turnover or even ban the platform. EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has stated that Twitter needs to comply with the bloc’s content regulations.

Twitter no longer has a communications section on which to request comment. musk That the “general idea” is to limit moderation rules to “illegal content”. Minutes ago, he is to respond to it with “anything Twitter needs to address” in terms of child exploitation on the platform. Regulations on legal content can vary widely by jurisdiction (Germany has fairly strict social media ordinances, for example), and having fewer staff dedicated to ensuring that Twitter operates according to the rules could make it difficult for a company to do so.

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Vera Jourova, the vice-president of the European Union in charge of disinformation law in the bloc, told financial times. “If you want to effectively detect and take action against disinformation and propaganda, it takes resources. Especially in the context of the Russian disinformation war, I expect Twitter to fully respect EU law and honor its obligations.”

Meanwhile, several Democratic senators have yet to determine whether the company violated consumer protection laws or violated a consent decree with the agency. Among other things, the latter requires Twitter to review new features for potential privacy issues. Earlier this month, Twitter engineers had to “self-certify” their compliance with FTC rules and other laws. The FTC said recently that it is “following the latest developments on Twitter with deep concern.”

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