RF Relate Newsletter 4.24.23: Battle behind AI, “Pity City” and Disney casting backlashApr 24, 2023
EU calls for a new set of rules on generative A.I. tools such as ChatGPT, President Biden announces increased U.S. funding to help developing countries fight climate change, 8 in 10 U.S. workers want employers’ values to match theirs.
Associated Press: Twitter has quietly removed a policy against the “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals,” raising concerns that the Elon Musk-owned platform is becoming less safe for marginalized groups.
Important to Note: Companies that use Twitter should understand the policy change and how it may unwittingly draw them into controversial conversations.
CBS News: The CEO of a high-end office furniture company is sparking a backlash over a video in which she exhorts employees to “leave Pity City” after some asked about staying motivated in the absence of a company bonus. CEO Andi Owens’ response was blasted as “unhinged,” “nasty” and “toxic.” Owens collected a nearly $5 million dollar bonus herself.
Important to Note: When C-suite leaders communicate poorly, are seen as being hypocritical, or show a lack of empathy towards employees, they run the risk of company insiders leaking information to the media or calling them out on social media.
Yahoo: With Lilo & Stitch set to become the newest Disney film to receive the live-action treatment, fans have expressed disappointment that the role of Nani—who had dark skin and hair as well as strong features in the movie and animated series – was given to light-skinned actress Sydney Elizabeth Agudong, inciting criticisms of “whitewashing”.
Important to Note: While some of the criticism is from legacy decisions, the recent backlash is a reminder of the heightened attention to detail required when choosing representatives of your story.Submit