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IT and Media news week 16

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 16

Meta should continue to remove misinformation about COVID 19. As long as the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to declare COVID19 an international public health emergency, Meta should maintain its current policy. That means it should continue to remove COVID-19 misinformation that is likely to directly contribute to the risk of imminent and significant physical harm, the Meta Oversight Board says in a statement.

BuzzFeed News is shutting down. It was not long ago was seen as a success and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. BuzzFeed founder and CEO, Jonah Peretti, informed staff in a memo saying the decision is part of a 15% cut down of BuzzFeed’s workforce. “While layoffs are occurring across nearly every division, we’ve determined that the company can no longer continue to fund BuzzFeed News as a standalone organization”, Peretti wrote.

Podcasts are popular, especially in the US. But after years of steady, double-digit percentage growth, listenership in general in many markets is starting to slow, according to market research firm Insider Intelligence. A new survey shows the US remains a strong market for podcasts with about half of Americans having listened to a podcast in the past year and one-in-five of those listeners say they listen to a podcast nearly every day. But just one in five listens to podcasts from news organisations. 

The focus on possibilities and threats by artificial intelligence continues. A new US survey from the Pew Research Centre shows 62% believe AI will have a major impact on jobholders overall in the next 20 years, but far fewer think it will greatly affect them personally. Alphabet, owner of Google, announced that it is merging its two units working with generative AI that is expected to have an impact on the development of search engines. 

The opportunity for women to work in cybersecurity is huge. Today, women make up only 25% of the global cybersecurity workforce so it’s more important than ever to encourage and empower women to pursue these careers, writes Microsoft corporate vice president Kate Behncken in a blog post announcing expansion of the company’s Cybersecurity Skills Initiative. The program covers 28 countries around the world. 


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