Twitter’s Brussels office was left completely without staff, so it announced today that it is closing. The six employees of the team who were working decided to leave their jobs after the email from the new CEO, Elon Musk, with which he launched his ultimatum announcing the plan cuts 7,500 workers and asks the rest of the people for greater commitment. The Brussels office has always been a political link with the European institutions, so the announced dismantling worries the European Commission a lot.
The concern of the EU
The fear of the European Union that the social network will fail to comply with the new Digital Services Act (DSA), the agreement reached in April 2022 to require big tech companies to apply greater responsibility for illegal or harmful content (in particular that spread disinformation) circulating on their platforms. The first alarm bell was the launch by Elon Musk of the new Twitter blue, a premium subscription service which allows you to obtain the famous “blue check”, which originally had the purpose of verifying real profiles from fake ones. The same EU vice president, Margrethe Vestager, commented on the company’s completely imperfect business model. According to Financial TimesFurther concern for European officials are the resignations of Twitter executives who played a role in liaising with regulators and implementing EU rules on the platform aimed at curbing the spread of illegal content online. Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, for example, responsible for Twitter’s digital policy at European level, left their Brussels office last week.
The spending review
Despite the strong concern of the European authorities, Elon Musk’s spending review for Twitter continues. Out of the previous 7,500, around 2,700 employees remained and some invoice payments were blocked, such as travel and other benefits for workers. The New York Times also reports sources according to which the new CEO is conducting an examination of all costs that the company supports with the support of administrative staff (also drastically reduced) and themselves instructing staff to review them, which in some cases would result in renegotiating or even not paying suppliers. The costs of IT infrastructures would also be targeted, for which a renegotiation with Amazon and Oracle was requested, for software services, for real estate and the canteen service. Corporate credit cards for employees, gym memberships, internet and cell phone bills, and child care would also be shut down. The complaints did not take long to arrive, primarily from the suppliers with whom Twitter allegedly owes millions of dollars for arrears, but also from insiders.
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Twitter closes its office in Brussels: it is left without personnel, the embarrassment of the EU
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