Why are thirtysomethings lonely? Because society doesnt value friendship | Arwa Mahdawi

Social media has been made the scapegoat for millennials reporting loneliness, but the cultural primacy in adulthood of career and family has much to answer for, writes Arwa Mahdawi Millennials arent just the poorest generation; they are also the loneliest. According to data from YouGov, while digital habits undoubtedly affect mental health, research hasnt provided conclusive answers regarding the relationship between the two. When it comes to loneliness, I have a feeling that the culprit isnt so much technology as the fact that many millennials are in their 30s, which is a natural time for friendship dynamics to change: people start focusing on advancing their careers and building families rather than socialising with pals. It feels as if we are …

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 …

The One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack

In May 2019, WIRED joined the One Free Press Coalition, a united group of preeminent editors and publishers using their global reach and social platforms to spotlight journalists under attack worldwide. Today, the coalition is issuing its fifth monthly “10 Most Urgent” list of journalists whose press freedoms are being suppressed or whose cases demand justice. Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered columnist for The Wash­ington Post, remains atop the list following a UN report that blames Saudi Arabia for his murder. Norma Sarabia is on the list now too. So far in 2019, Mexico is the deadliest country for journalists: At least three journalists have been confirmed killed in connection with their work, and the Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating …

US begins extradition case against Julian Assange in London

WikiLeaks founder declines to consent to being taken to US to face charges Julian Assange has declined a chance to consent to his extradition to the US at a hearing in London as Washington started pressing its case to take him across the Atlantic. Appearing via video link from Belmarsh prison, Assange said: I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many, many people. Ben Brandon, the counsel for the US government, presented details of the US case against Assange at Westminster magistrates court on Thursday. He said the charges related to one of the largest compromises of information in US history. They were connected to the downloading …

From the grime MC to the model: five men on what masculinity means to them

Musician D Double E, broadcaster Jon Snow, reality star Jack Fowler and others reveal the influences that shaped them My dads given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions: Double E, 39, musician In my head, Im not masculine because Im not big, and Im not physically strong. But Im powerful as a man in my own way because I know what I want and I know how I want to be. Im a lot like my dad, I dress like my dad, we walk the same, I think hes given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions. He was everything I am, just not an artist. He was famous in the end, had the deepest swagger, 20 …