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Day: September 16, 2021 (Page 1 of 2)

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

Christia Spears Brown, Professor of Psychology, University of Kentucky

Christia Spears Brown does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report.

Facebook’s policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but publicly denied it into the 21st century. Those of us who study social media use in teens didn’t need a suppressed internal research study to know that Instagram can harm teens. Plenty of peer-reviewed research papers show the same thing.

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EU was “not informed” about the Australia UK USA submarine deal

Joe Biden is looking more and more like Trump.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated the bloc was “not informed” about the security pact and took it as a sign the EU needs to develop its own strategy for the region.

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A day after the United States, UK and Australia unveiled a new tri-lateral defense pact for the Indo-Pacific, the European Union announced its own strategy to boost political and defense ties in the region.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that Brussels had not been consulted on the pact, which has been dubbed “AUKUS.”

“We regret not having being informed, not having been part of these talks,” Borrell said Thursday.

“We must survive on our own, as others do,” Borrell said as he presented the strategy, which will include strengthening and expanding economic and strategic relations with countries in the region.

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September 16, 1970

The Savoy Hotel in London played host to the 1970 Melody Maker Poll Awards, where Led Zeppelin displaced the Beatles in the most popular group category.(The first time the Beatles had not been ranked #1 in eight years). Robert Plant was also voted best male vocalist.

John Bonham and Robert Plant make a rare appearance on TV, interviewed for BBC’s Nationwide.

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