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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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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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