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Twitter cuts (again) content moderation teams

2023 begins on Twitter with a self-imposed anemia crisis. Some of the Trust and Security teams responsible for moderating international content have just been fired. The decision, recorded on Friday, January 6, 2023, is published by Bloomberg.

Interested offices in Dublin and Singapore

In particular, a dozen Twitter employees in Dublin and Singapore could be thanked. Among them are Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, Asia Pacific Site Integrity Manager, and Analuisa Dominguez, Twitter’s Senior Director of Revenue Policy. The layoffs will especially affect employees responsible for fake news on the social network.

For Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of trust and safety, this new bleeding is justified by the lack of volume in certain sectors of the company. “It made more sense to unite the teams under the leadership of one leader, and not two, for example,” she explained. She also assures that some industries would increase their workforce.

Mass layoffs since October

Since acquiring the social network in October 2022, Elon Musk has multiplied his aggressive spending cuts, with 5,000 out of 7,500 employees leaving the company. According to the multi-billionaire, the massacre is justified by the deteriorating financial situation of Twitter over several years. “[Twitter était] like a plane flying towards the ground at high speed, with burning engines and inoperative controls,” Elon Musk assured in December.

Massive layoffs in recent months have made Thierry Breton, European commissioner for the internal market, worried about Twitter’s ability to comply with European laws. “Commission services will conduct a stress test at Twitter headquarters in early 2023, allowing the latter to assess its compliance even before the legal deadlines,” he warned in November.

More recently, France seems to have received guarantees. “At Twitter headquarters, Elon Musk reaffirmed to me his intention to abide by European regulations and his commitment to content moderation, combating disinformation and protecting children,” Jean-Noel Barraud, Delegate Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, said after meeting with the businessman. this Saturday, January 7th.

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