A study of ‘ultraprocessed foods’ had some bleak results

One of the most popular period tracking apps has been sharing sensitive information with Facebook.Image: vicky leta / mashable After The Wall Street Journal reported that popular period-tracking app Flo had been secretly sharing some of its users’ most personal health data with Facebook, Flo is promising to make some changes. Along with a number of other popular health apps, Flo used Facebook’s developer software to track users’ data in a way that could be used for advertising purposes, the report found.  SEE ALSO: Are period apps gender-inclusive? Not quite, but they’re trying In Flo’s case, the period tracking app “told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant,” according …

Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

Yael Grauer UNITED STATES – APRIL 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data” on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Protesters scrubbing Facebook data for fear of repercussion isn’t uncommon. Over and over again, authoritarian-leaning regimes have utilized low-tech strategies to quell dissent. And aside from providing resources related to online privacy and security, Facebook still has little in place to protect its most vulnerable users from these pernicious efforts. As various countries pass laws calling for a local presence and increased regulation, it is possible that the social media conglomerate …

Child Brides in Africa Are Advertised on Facebook and Sold to Old Men

OBANLIKU, NigeriaMonica, 16, is one of two sisters sold as wives to men who found their photographs on their father's Facebook page and contacted him. She and her 14-year-old younger sister never wanted to get married until they completed their secondary education in Ogbakoko, a small village in Obanliku Local Government Area in Nigerias south-central Cross River state. But the teenage sisters fell victims to a culture which subjects little girls, some as young as 10, to de facto slavery through a tradition called money marriage. The sisters belong to the Becheve community, a large tribe of 17 villages in Obanliku where there is a long tradition in which young girlsoften referred to as money women or money wivesare sold …

Can I Breastfeed in It? Why a Facebook group for new mothers is the friendliest place on the internet

From milk-proof vest tops to bridesmaid outfits, members of an online community are helping each other to find clothes that both look great and are easy to feed a baby in There are things in life you can only discover for yourself and things other people could have told you if only youhad asked. Sorting between these two categories is the odd genius, such as Natalie Halman. Three years ago, when she was 27, she launched the 34% of mothers breastfeed for the first six months, is a significant proportion of the whole community. This has happened totally organically, says Halman. The unification of breastfeeders on Facebook is quite incredible. Due to the lack of proper breastfeeding support provided by …

A study of ‘ultraprocessed foods’ had some bleak results

One of the most popular period tracking apps has been sharing sensitive information with Facebook.Image: vicky leta / mashable After The Wall Street Journal reported that popular period-tracking app Flo had been secretly sharing some of its users’ most personal health data with Facebook, Flo is promising to make some changes. Along with a number of other popular health apps, Flo used Facebook’s developer software to track users’ data in a way that could be used for advertising purposes, the report found.  SEE ALSO: Are period apps gender-inclusive? Not quite, but they’re trying In Flo’s case, the period tracking app “told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant,” according …

Why It’s So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook.

I knew from the day I started at Facebook that I would have to make a choice. I was five months pregnant and raising two young boys. Balancing motherhood with my work as a data scientist was exciting and strenuous. It meant working during my commute, coming home to feed the kids and put them to sleep, then falling into bed. I worked until the day my daughter was born. Then I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to choose between my dream job and my baby girl. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Eliza Khuner is a data scientist who worked at Facebook from November 2017 to July 2018. During my four months’ maternity leave—standard policy at Facebook—I …