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Since its acquisition by Elon Musk, layoffs have been frequent at Twitter. And that worries the European Union. On Thursday, the European Commissioner at Justice has informed Dublin from his concern at About these massive dismissals, after press reports of a closure of the group's office at; Brussels. “We are concerned about the decision to have fewer and fewer people working in the company,” Didier Reynders.
“When we discuss hate speech, I am sure we need human resources,” after a meeting with representatives of Twitter. “If you want to effectively detect and take action against disinformation and propaganda, it takes resources. Especially in the context of the disinformation war,” Vice-President of the European Commission Vera Jourova.
I am concerned about the news of firing of a vast amount of staff of Twitter in Europe. If you want to effectively detect and take action against #disinformation & propaganda, this requires resources. Especially in the context of 🇷🇺 disinformation warfare.https://t.co/Nji2w1ziiF
— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) November 24, 2022
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The fight against disinformation in danger?
An EU assessment has shown that the number of hate speech notifications reviewed by major social networks in twenty-four hours has increased; by 90% in 2020, to 81% in 2021 and 64% in 2022. The numbers show that only YouTube has improved. its removal rate for hateful content – as defined by an EU code of conduct – as efforts by Twitter and other tech companies dwindled.
Worried; Studies regarding Twitter after its takeover by Elon Musk grew on Thursday. According to the Financial Times, the company has dismantled its Brussels office, after the departure of the executives who were in charge of compliance; with EU rules. “It’s an added concern, because for us the relationship with the European institutions is very important,” Didier Reynders in reaction to Financial Times article. However, the European Commissioner added that he was “optimistic by nature” and that he had received commitments that the Twitter team at Dublin would assume this role.
À Following the company’s acquisition last month, Elon Musk laid off Mr. about half of the 7,500 employees of Twitter, including many employees in charge of the fight against disinformation. During his stay at; Dublin, Didier Reynders is also due to meet with representatives of Meta, the owner of Facebook, on Friday. Facebook founder and Meta executive Mark Zuckerberg announced on November 9, the loss of 11,000 jobs, or approximately 13% of its workforce, due to a drop in advertising. The European activities of Meta and Twitter are based in Ireland, at taxation advantageous, as are those of Google, Apple and Microsoft, which makes the Irish Data Protection Agency the main regulator in charge of data protection. to hold them accountable in Europe.