The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 51

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 51

Elon Musk said Twitter will get a new ceo as soon as he finds someone “foolish enough to take the job”. The message came a day after 57.5% of Twitter users had voted him out. He asked users to vote about his future after protests against his freezing of journalists accounts  when they wrote about his private jet. Waiting for a new ceo, Musk is still both owner and ceo.

The proposed European Media Freedom Act is too soft to secure independence for European media, according to the EU’s advisory European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Mere recommendations and a soft-law approach will not be enough to ensure that the media in Europe remain free and independent from political, commercial and other types of interference, the EESC says in its comments to the Commission’s proposal.

Google and American National Football League announced an agreement seen as Google-owned YouTube’s ambition in the streaming entertainment business. The multiyear agreement with NFL is by commentators estimated to be worth USD 2 billion annually over seven years. Agreement is granting YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels the right to exclusively distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to consumers in the US starting with the 2023 NFL season. 

The EU Commission thinks that Meta is breaking the union’s antitrust rules by distorting competition for online classified advertising. Users of Meta’s Facebook automatically also get the company’s online classified ads service, Facebook Marketplace, whether they want it or not. The Commission says, as its preliminary view, that this gives Facebook Marketplace a substantial distribution advantage that competitors cannot match.

 

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