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Joe Scarborough says ‘Facebook reminds me of big tobacco’

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Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Joe Scarborough blasted Facebook Wednesday morning, comparing it to big tobacco for how toxic it can be for its users. Scarborough was reporting on the Wall Street Journal’s Tuesday article, which revealed that Facebook had researched the negative impact the site was having on its young users. As a result, the company found that teenage girls are most notably affected.

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First, Joe Scarborough noticed this trend when he visited a New Jersey University. There, the dean told him of all the adverse effects of social media on the students.

“Since that time, I have seen one story after another story after another story talking about how Instagram leads to anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation among our teenage girls,” Scarborough said. “I started saying to Mika five years ago, Facebook reminds me of big tobacco. They know their product is damaging people. They know it’s causing people to kill themselves. They know it’s causing depression and anxiety, and they’re really not doing anything about it.”

However, back in May, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri called the same research showed effects were “quite small.” So, he responded to the Journal’s article Tuesday.

“The WSJ’s story today on research we’re doing to understand young people’s experiences on IG casts our findings in a negative light, but speaks to important issues,” Mosseri tweeted. “We stand by this work and believe more companies should be doing the same.”

But Scarborough is unconvinced, saying he wished the social tech giant would hold itself to the same standard it holds its users. “And I guess the question is, why they can let people be slandered and publish lies that kill people?” Scarborough said. “Why is there one rule for Facebook and one rule for the rest of us?”

This latest article from the Wall Street Journal is part of a series the paper is calling “The Facebook Files.” Read the full article here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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