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IT and Media news week 47

The Week That Was. IT and Media news week 47

Companies are working slower to stop hate speech online. The EU Commission’s yearly evaluation of the code of conducts shows a decrease in companies’ notice-and-action results. The number of notifications reviewed by the companies within 24 hours dropped from 90.4% in 2020, to 81% in 2021, and 64.4% in 2022.  

A majority of news organisations have implemented hybrid working. 61% in a Reuters Institute survey says that their organisation has largely implemented it with new rules in place for staff. Anyway, 20% report that while their organisations are making some changes, they largely want to return to a pre-pandemic working model. 49% requires staff to be in the office for a compulsory minimum number of days a week/month. 

After a new vote in the Twitter community, new owner Elon Musk said 72% had voted for an amnesty and that blocked accounts, not only ex-president Donald Trump’s, would be opened shortly leading to more worries about open doors for hate speech. Blocked users would get their accounts back as long as the user had not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam”. Which law was not specified. Trump has earlier said he will not return to Twitter but stay with his own social platform Truth Social. Musk also postponed new rules for Twitter’s blue tick verification of accounts as his idea of charging for the ticks made people pay for impersonated accounts like a fake one for Pepsi that posted tweets praising Coca-Cola. 

It took ten years but the new EU law on gender balance on corporate boards has now been approved by the European Parliament. By 2026, companies will need to have 40% of “the underrepresented sex” (which normally means women) among non-executive directors or 33% among all directors.


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