As Twitter closes its Brussels office, the EU expresses concern over job losses.

EU justice chief Didier Reynders says Twitter's decision to close down Brussels office raises questions about whether the organization can adhere to new tough EU legislation against illicit online content . EU justice chief Reynders said Twitter representatives reaffirmed the companys promise to ensure complete compliance with EU regulations .

San Francisco, Jan. 15, 2018: According to EU justice chief Didier Reynders, Twitter's decision to close down its Brussels office and lay off thousands of workers is raising questions about whether the organization can adhere to the new tough European Union legislation against illicit online content, according to a European Commission official.Reynders told Reuters that Twitter representatives reaffirmed the company's promise to ensure complete compliance with EU regulations.Following billionaire Elon Musk's turbulent takeover of Twitter last month, Commissioner Reynders took note of it and asked Twitter to translate this promise into concrete steps, the official said on condition of anonymity.The new laws, which will take effect in February 2024, require internet providers to do more to monitor the internet for illicit content or face fines of up to 6% of their annual global turnover.About half of the workforce has been laid off, with around 3,700 workers resigning, according to a source familiar with the situation, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.The team, which worked with Commission officials on policy and regulatory issues, had originally numbered six people.Reynders also advised Twitter and other tech giants to do more to tackle online hate speech after new research showed they had deleted less content this year than in previous years.

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