Twitter has reportedly closed its offices in Brussels, Belgium. This information is made known through local media reports.
As The Guardian reported on Friday (November 25, 2022), Twitter’s decision to close its Brussels office also raises questions about the company’s commitment to comply with the new EU rules. That is why the company’s representative in Europe is currently absent.
Additionally, Julia Moser and Dario La Nasa, who are responsible for Twitter’s digital policy in Europe, left the company last week. Therefore, the platform’s presence in Europe is becoming increasingly erratic.
Brussels itself is the administrative center of the European Union, so the closure of these offices sparks a debate about whether Twitter will follow the EU’s new rules, especially with regards to tech censorship and restrictions on hate speech.
However, the European Union has said it will continue to work with Twitter and other tech companies. Additionally, the decision to close its offices in Brussels is unlikely to affect Twitter’s actions to comply with EU regulations.
For reference, it is known that Elon Musk has made a lot of changes since taking over Twitter. One way is to reduce the number of existing employees.
He also issued an ultimatum to the company’s employees to follow the new work culture introduced by Twitter 2.0. As a result of this ultimatum, it is reported that a number of staff members have resigned.
Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, is rumored to be offering “amnesty” for several banned accounts. This means that you will be reinstated as long as you do not break the law.
This came after Musk created an unofficial poll on his official Twitter account, which resulted in many netizens saying “yes”.
Elon Musk asked netizens, “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty for suspended accounts, unless they’re breaking the law or engaging in egregious spamming?”
At the time of writing this article, over 3.1 million votes were received on Friday (November 25, 2022), with 72.4% saying ‘yes’ and 27.6% saying ‘no’.
In response to the poll results, Musk also tweeted that a “pardon” for suspended Twitter accounts would begin next week.
“People said, pardon starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei. (People said, pardon starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei)” Tesla CEO said.
However, it is not known how Musk will restore the banned Twitter account.
Elon Musk also did not specify which categories of Twitter accounts are considered “engaged in illegal or egregious spam”, in which case they are unlikely to be reinstated.
Previously under the management of Elon Musk, Twitter reinstated several controversial celebrity accounts banned from the social media platform.
It was dubbed after Kanye West aka Ye, who is finally active again on Twitter after his account was banned for racist tweets. He also posted his first tweet after being banned. “Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked”.
Kanye’s tweet was also commented on in real time by the social media platform’s owner, Elon Musk. “Don’t kill what you hate, save what you love,” he wrote on Twitter.
Twitter has forcibly closed Yee’s account for violating its Twitter policies, CBS News reported Tuesday (November 22, 2022).
The company with the bluebird logo didn’t specify what policies it violated, but Kanye posted anti-Semitic tweets.
On October 9, 2022, Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband posted “Descon 3 on Jews”.
Yee also captioned the now-deleted tweet, “The funny thing is that black people can’t actually be anti-Semitic because they’re actually Jews as well”.
Kanye West’s Twitter account resurgence comes 24 hours after Elon Musk activated a banned account, such as that of former US President Donald Trump.
Before Kanye West’s account was reinstated, Elon Musk also conducted a poll on whether President Trump’s Twitter account should be reactivated.
“People have said, Trump will be reinstated. Fox Boboli and Fox Day,” the head of Tesla and SpaceX wrote on Twitter.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account was reportedly inactive as of January 8, 2021, following the attack on the Capitol.