Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly under pressure from an international coalition of 35 children’s and consumer groups to drop plans for a version of Instagram aimed towards children under 13. The New York Times reports that an international coalition of 35 children’s and consumer groups called on Facebook-owned Instagram this week to drop plans to develop a version of the app for children under 13. Instagram’s decision to develop a separate children’s app comes after receiving complaints for years from legislators and parents that the platform has been slow to deal with issues affecting underage users such as online grooming and bullying . In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the nonprofit groups warned that a children’s version of Instagram would not address the issues they have previously raised. The groups said that while 10 to 12-year-olds with Instagram accounts would be unlikely to switch to a “babyish version” of the app, it could attract even younger users … [Read more...] about International Coalition Pressures Mark Zuckerberg to Drop Plans to Build Instagram for Kids
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Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram has apologized after a “mistake” in its algorithm suggested diet content to users with eating disorders. BBC News reports that Instagram has apologized to users after what it calls a “mistake” in its algorithm promoted dieting and food restriction content to users with eating disorders. The Instagram search function automatically recommended terms including “appetite suppressants” and “fasting” to some users. Eating disorder campaigners told BBC News that such terms could have a negative impact on people suffering from eating disorders and could cause them to relapse. Instagram stated that it has since removed the terms. A Facebook spokesperson told the BBC that the issue was a “mistake” and was resolved earlier this week. The spokesperson stated: We recently rolled out a new search functionality on Instagram beyond hashtags and usernames, to help you more easily discover and explore content you’re most interested in. As … [Read more...] about Instagram ‘Mistake’ Promoted Diet Content to People with Eating Disorders
Father James Moreno sexually assaulted a teenage boy dozens of times over two years after they met at a Denver Catholic school — including in the rectory of the city’s most prominent church. Moreno assaulted the boy more than 60 times between 1978 and 1980. He groomed him, gave him alcohol and marijuana, and raped him, according to a report released Tuesday by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. The abuse happened all over Denver: in the rooms of St. Andrew’s Preparatory Seminary High School, in Moreno’s car, in the boy’s home, in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the heart of Denver, one block from the state Capitol. The teen, now grown, reported the abuse to authorities last year after the publication of a state-led investigation into child sex abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in Colorado. Additional investigation into Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses found nine more priests who sexually abused children, including Moreno and a Denver … [Read more...] about Further investigation into Colorado Catholic Church IDs 46 more victims, 9 more abusive priests — including Denver’s Father Woody
Axon’s Taser 7. Photo: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images “Why do we even have Tasers that operate and function and feel and deploy exactly like a firearm?” St. Paul, Minnesota mayor Melvin Carter wondered at a press conference on Monday following the nearby fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright . A Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter was seen on body camera footage yelling “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before pulling the trigger on what was actually her Glock pistol, firing a single shot that killed Wright. “Holy shit, I just shot him,” she yelled afterward. On Wednesday, Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter, making her at least the sixth law-enforcement officer since 2009 to be criminally charged after shooting people with firearms that they supposedly mixed up with Tasers, according to Philip Stinson, a former police officer and criminologist at Bowling Green State University. Law enforcement experts call it “weapon confusion,” a quintessential bit of … [Read more...] about Why Do Tasers Look Like Guns Anyway?
NFL heiress and recently crowned Miss Kansas Gracie Hunt took to Instagram to defend her participation in the swimsuit portion of her pageant competition. The 22-year-old daughter of Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt stressed that taking part in the swimsuit competition did not “diminish” her “worth as a woman.” “Swimsuit modeling or showing my work in the pursuit of health and fitness does not in any way diminish my worth as a woman,” Hunt wrote . “It does not abate my true strength, lessen my credibility, or degrade any other area of my life. “In fact, it reinforces the notion that pageantry develops a hard work ethic in all areas of competition and life lessons about living healthy inside and out.” Contrary to much of the current politically correct thinking, Hunt sees swimsuit competitions as empowering to women. “I want all women to feel empowered and strong so that we may fulfill our potential and become the best versions of ourselves,” Hunt explained. “We are all different. … [Read more...] about Gracie Hunt, Daughter of Chiefs CEO, Defends Swimsuit Competition