It reportedly no longer has an office in Brussels, which could make it difficult for the company to adhere to new European Union regulations on content moderation. The number of people employed in the office after new owner Elon Musk. The remaining executives, Julia Moser and Dario La Nassa, left Twitter last week, according to — just as Musk told employees to commit to his vision of a “hardcore” Twitter 2.0.

Moser and La Nasa controlled public policy for Twitter in Europe. They were responsible for efforts to ensure Twitter complied with the EU’s disinformation code, as well as . The DSA came into effect last week and will apply to companies . This gives EU governments more power over how platforms moderate content and when tech companies must remove illegal content. Platforms will need to be transparent about the reasons for content moderation decisions. Affected users will have the right to challenge moderation decisions if their content is removed or access to it is restricted.

If Twitter does not comply with DSA rules, it faces potentially 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 believes Twitter must comply with the bloc’s content regulations.

Twitter no longer has a communications department that can be reached for comment. musk that the “general idea” is to limit moderation rules to “illegal content”. Minutes earlier he to respond to him with “everything Twitter needs to address” regarding child exploitation on the platform. Regulations on what content is legal can vary widely by jurisdiction (Germany, for example, has pretty strict social media decrees), and having fewer staff dedicated to making sure Twitter follows the rules can make it harder for the company to do so .

“I am concerned by the news of such a large number of Twitter employees being laid off in Europe,” Vera Jourova, the EU’s vice-president in charge of the disinformation bloc’s code, 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 commitments.

Meanwhile, several Democratic senators must 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 the new features for potential privacy issues. Earlier this month, Twitter engineers were required to “self-certify” that they comply with FTC rules and other laws. The Federal Trade Commission recently said it is “following recent developments on Twitter with deep concern.”

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