Elon Musk’s Twitter closes Brussels office – Deadline

Twitter has closed its office in Brussels, Belgium due to financial reasons.

Citing multiple sources, the paper reported that Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, the social network’s European digital strategy chiefs, left last week.

The office is now closed as the four managers of the small Brussels office, which played a key role in dealing with EU politicians over its location, have already left as part of mass redundancies.

The influential Mozer and La Nasa led Twitter’s efforts to comply with EU non-disclosure rules and the Digital Services Act, which came into effect last week.

Twitter has been cutting staff in droves since Elon Musk took over, cutting half of its workforce in one round of restructuring and many others leaving last week soon after the billionaire owner issued a top order requiring them to sign up for a “very hard-core … long, hard times” or leave the company.

The exits in Europe are about local commentators. Věra Jourová, the EU’s vice-president responsible for non-disclosure rules, told the Financial Times that she was “concerned by news of the firing of such a huge number of Twitter employees in Europe,” adding: “If you want to detect and take action against disinformation and propaganda, this requires resources.

“Especially in the context of Russian disinformation warfare, I expect Twitter to fully respect EU law and honor its commitments.” Twitter has been a very useful partner in the fight against misinformation and illegal hate speech, and this must not change.”

Musk has made headlines in the past week by restoring the Twitter accounts of former President Donald Trump, who has refused to return to the platform, and Kayne West. Many believe his radical free-speech approach leads to an unmanageable platform, but he says the company is bloated, not profitable and needs to embrace more voices. His plan to overhaul Blue Tick verification has stalled for now due to concerns about user authentication.

Twitter could not be reached for comment.

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