THE WEEK THAT WAS: the 8 things you need to know

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: the 8 things you need to know

Millions of leaked documents and the biggest journalism partnership in history uncovered financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders, more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories. The investigation called “The Pandora Papers” comprises 11.9 million records arrived from 14 different offshore services firms and exposes the offshore secrets of wealthy elites from more than 200 countries and territories.

Digital publishers around the world, Twitter, TikTok and other social media reported increased traffic when Facebook and its Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger were down for around six hours. Just a couple of days later, Facebook and its services experienced new technical problems. Both problems were due to configuration changes, Facebook said.

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Two journalists – Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov – were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

During the past year, 58% of all cyber attacks observed by Microsoft from nation-states have come from Russia and they are up from a 21% successful compromise rate last year to a 32% rate this year, according to Microsoft’s annual Digital Defense Report.

More than 80% of all stakeholders predict an increase in programmatic advertising investments / revenues over the next 12 months, IAB Europe said in a survey. Despite the global pandemic, programmatic advertising investments remained fairly stable with growth in programmatic video, the survey shows.

Amazon-owned gaming company Twitch announced that company data had been leaked because of an error on one of the company’s servers. Analysts said the leak includes lots of company information and that the total amount was more than 100GB. Twitch said full credit card numbers were not exposed”.

Controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who made a sketch with the Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body, died in a car accident together with two policemen. Vilks had been under police protection since he 2007 made the controversial sketch. Police said the car with Vilks and the two policemen had been on the wrong side of the road.

IT companies have become less efficient in removing illegal hate speech online, according to a survey by the European Commission. IT companies reviewed 81% of notifications within 24 hours and removed an average of 62.5% of flagged content – lower than the average recorded in 2019 and 2020.

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