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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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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Fights Back DOJ Challenging Legal Citizenship Voter Law

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division with one clear message: ‘We’ll see you in court.’

Biden’s DOJ is challenging an Arizona law aimed to protect its citizens by ensuring only citizens can vote in elections.

Brnovich makes mention of a letter he received from Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, dated June 27, 2022 “expressing your intent to challenge HB 2492, Arizona’s law that assures only citizens are able to vote in our elections.”

“Please be assured that I will defend this law to the U.S. Supreme our if necessary and defeat the federal government’s efforts to interfere with our state’s election safeguards, as I did last year in Brnovich v. DNC” the letter continued.

“It is curious, however, that the Department of Justice would use its resources to challenge a common sense law inn Arizona designed to guard against non-citizen voting, while the Biden Administration nis simultaneously opening our borders to encourage a flood of illegal immigration.”

“Is the federal government attempting to undermine our sovereignty and destabilize our election infrastructure?” Brnovich asks. “I hope that is not your intention.” The Arizona Attorney General concludes his letter by writing “I strongly urge you to reconsider your pursuit of this misguided suit and to instead recognize Arizona’s constitutional authority to conduct lawful and secure elections.”

 

 

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