Twitter office Brussels had to close after its employees were exhausted. Since Elon Musk bought the company, he’s had massive layoffs and just quit in Europe. two employees who left last week and whether they voluntarily left to work harder after the tycoon’s ultimatum or whether they were fired is unknown.
The presence of a company subsidiary in Europe was necessary to ensure that the platform complies with European Union regulations. Jesús P. López Pelaz, Director Friends Law FirmIt listed European laws affecting social networks like Twitter for 20BITS. General Data Protection Regulationrelevant ones advertisement and those who imply Freedom of Expression and the Right to Honor users
“It wasn’t enough, they approved it this year” new rules directly governing the provision of digital services Reinforcing pre-existing obligations”, points to the professional. Therefore, the dismissal (or resignation) of the last employees of the office twitter Arrived at a difficult time in Brussels.
The Digital Services Law and the Good Practices Regarding Disinformation Law came into force. “Both regulations seek to ensure that information shared on digital media in general and on social networks in particular meets criteria of accuracy and objectivity – López explains. It is not just about tackling them. illegal contentbut at the same time against content that creates statements of opinion based on unverified or unverifiable news“.
To comply with the law, Twitter prohibited the dissemination of certain messages deemed “hateful content or incitement to violence”. However, new regulations “requires more control confirming the content”, confirms the Manager of Bufete Abogado Amigo.
Rules for digital services in the EU “conflict with companies’ intentions” Elon Musk provide more freedom to the social network, i.e. less control over publications”. As a matter of fact, Thierry Breton, President and CEO of Atos and former Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, reminded the new owner of Twitter that it must comply with European laws.
According to López, Twitter 2.0 that Musk plans to create would not be possible in Europe if it violates the laws mentioned above. Protecting the Fundamental Rights of Citizens will oblige him to control published content in such a way that it does not violate the regulations: “It’s not about censorship, it’s about enabling citizens’ rights., to create a barrier to initial aggression. While there is always a path to judicial reintegration once the right is attacked, the truth is that in many cases this solution does not repair the damage done.
Mass and urgent layoffs
López of Abogado Amigo emphasizes that layoffs have different regulations by country. “In general we can say that although free and immediate dismissal is not allowed, the result if it occurs, workers compensation“, emphasizes the expert.
For example, if the layoffs took place in Spain, it would be so-called. ‘unlawful expulsion’: “They would lead to 33 days’ salary compensation for each year worked.”
The professional says people who leave Twitter are “responsible for maintaining it.” communication between regulatory bodies and the company“. By leaving, such communication was suppressed and “the possibilities for quick and flexible action were cut more in the bud.”
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