Charity urges Facebook to extend fact-checking to Instagram

Full Fact, the only UK member of scheme, offers 10 suggestions for improvements Facebook should immediately extend its fact-checking programme to also cover Instagram, according to Full Fact, a journalism charity that is the only UK member of the scheme. We do not see why the third-party fact-checking programme cannot be fully expanded to Instagram, Full Fact said in its report on the first six months of the programme. The potential to prevent harm is high here, and there are known risks of health misinformation on the platform. Full Fact joined the fact-checking programme in January. The programme gives fact-checking organisations tools to scan Facebook for factual claims and mark them as true or false, and provide a link to …

This App Lets Your Instagram Followers Track Your Location

A new app knows what your Instagram-loving friends did last summer. Called Who’s in Town, the iOS and Android app is ostensibly designed to show you, well … who’s in town. But it does much more than that. Users who download the app and grant it access to their Instagram account are presented with an eerie interactive map of every place the people they follow have visited and shared online since they created their profile. The map updates in real time and is sourced from the wealth of location data the average Instagram user willingly uploads to the platform each time they opt to use its popular geotag feature in a story or post. This information is nominally public already, …

Wellness Startup’s Generic Viagra Ads Flout Facebook Rules

On television and radio, the ads are fairly innocuous: “Hey guy,” a female narrator says playfully in one TV spot for Hims, a men’s wellness brand that sells prescription drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, oral herpes, social anxiety, hair loss, and other conditions. “Hi there. Welcome to Hims.” The ad invites viewers to “get ED treatment started for only $5,” next to a close-up of a young man pressing a white pill seductively to his lips. What appear to be customer reviews are superimposed over the image: “Should have done it years ago and I feel like the young stud that I always imagined I was," says one. "Outstanding product, works above and beyond our expectations," reads another. Much like …

Girl Shows Instagram Vs. Reality In 20 Pics

The perfect lighting, the ideal framing and composition, the right angle and posture, vibrant colors and of course some filters – that’s about it for the secret formula for pitch-perfect Instagram photos. These incredible dream-like photos fill our timelines and transport us to a magical world where people have perfect bodies, eat only healthy vegan food, have an effortless appearance, travel every day and discover new things, and buy expensive branded clothes almost every week. This Instagram world is so perfect that it makes us miserable and jealous of others who live these perfect Instagram lives. #1 “Sorry to disappoint you but in reality winter in Switzerland looks way more like the right picture… The snow stays just for one …

Ritual raises $25M for its subscription-based womens daily vitamin

erything needs to be Instagrammable, even dietary supplements. Ritual, a subscription-based service that charges customers $30 per month for shipments of its women’s daily or prenatal vitamins, has effectively tapped into that Instagram crowd. The company admits its social media strategy has been key to harnessing a cult following of wellness enthusiasts. Since it was founded in 2015, the business has sold 1 million bottles of vitamins; today, it’s announcing a $25 million Series B funding led by Lisa Wu at Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from Kirsten Green at Forerunner Ventures and Brian Singerman at Founders Fund. Wu, as part of the round, will join Ritual’s board of directors. There’s no comparing our product to any product out there. We have …

Tech platforms called to support public interest research into mental health impacts

The tech industry has been called on to share data with public sector researchers so the mental health and psychosocial impacts of their service on vulnerable users can be better understood, and also to contribute to funding the necessary independent research over the next ten years. The UK’s chief medical officers have made the call in a document setting out advice and guidance for the government about children’s and young people’s screen use. They have also called for the industry to agree a code of conduct around the issue. Concerns have been growing in the UK about the mental health impacts of digital technologies on minors and vulnerable young people. Last year the government committed to legislate on social media …