Twitter has closed its entire office in Brussels, according to the Financial Times, cutting ties to one of the world’s most important regulatory hubs as fears grow the firm will struggle to moderate content or even function after the brutal staffing cuts ordered by new owner Elon Musk.
Twitter’s office in Brussels, Belgium, closed after its two remaining employees left last week, the Financial Times reported, citing five people familiar with the situation.
Julia Mozer and Dario La Nasa, who led Twitter’s digital policy in Europe, reportedly survived Musk’s initial round of layoffs but left the company after he issued an ultimatum for employees to work long hours at high intensity.
It is not clear whether the duo resigned or were laid off, the Financial Times said.
Though small—the location counted up to eight employees before Musk took over—the Brussels office played an important role in the firm’s engagement with European policymakers and its compliance with the bloc’s strict digital regulations.
European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová, who is in charge of the bloc’s disinformation code, told the Financial Times she is ”concerned” about Twitter “firing such a vast amount of staff” in Europe.
Twitter will still need to honor its commitments and abide by EU laws, Jourová said, particularly in light of “Russian disinformation warfare.”