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EU Commissioner Reynders worried about Twitter layoffs and reduced content moderation

BRUSSELS, 25 November – RIA Novosti. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said in a statement after talks at Twitter’s headquarters in Dublin that the European Union is concerned about Twitter’s layoffs and the reduction in the social network’s scrutiny for inappropriate content.

“At a meeting at Twitter headquarters, I emphasized that we expect voluntary commitments to comply with the Digital Services Act and EU Privacy Regulation,” Reynders wrote in a Twitter post.

Earlier, the EU published a report that Twitter and other social networks have significantly reduced the consideration of notifications for incitement to violence and hatred, in line with EU rules in this area.

In addition, according to the Financial Times, the social network closed its Brussels representative office after its employees responsible for the compliance of Twitter’s content with European rules resigned.

Since Elon Musk bought the online platform for $44 billion in October 2022, Twitter has been grappling with a series of changes, both in the company’s management and in the social network’s policies.

Musk promised that the social network, which has been widely criticized for heavy censorship, will liberalize its posting policy and create a content moderation council, and will not make global decisions on posting policy and the restoration of blocked accounts until the council works. Musk also warned that the social network will “do a lot of stupid things” in the near future. The company aims to “keep what works and replace what doesn’t.”

The European Commission said it is monitoring developments around Twitter and considering other possible channels for information sharing.

Source: Ria

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