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Doctors Debunk ‘Herbal Abortion’ Viral Videos

As TikTokers published offers to help abortion seekers and privacy experts gave advice on period tracking apps, Dr. Josh Trebach worked urgently to bring attention to a 19-year-old he described on Twitter as vomiting in his emergency room. The patient had taken the herb Rue to try to abort a fetus because they no longer had access to...

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How to Avoid the Worst Instagram Scams

If an account slides into your DMs saying you’ve won a competition or that you should check out a way to make money quickly, or is offering some kind of promotional collaboration, then it's probably too good to be true. (You should delete the messages and report the scam.)“When it comes to spotting a scam on Instagram, people...

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Instagram Keeps Showing Me Children’s Tragedies

In the bleary, no-sleep nights following the birth of my son, I spent an unholy amount of time looking at my phone. Too tired to read, too addled to even handle a podcast, I distracted myself with TikToks, tweets, and Instagram posts. Social media pushed all things baby, from ads for “de-choking” gadgets to tips on how to...

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TikTok’s Latest Cringe Trend: Gen Z Critiques Their Former Selves

“It made me feel very cool,” Poisson says of using the app. “Whenever I would travel somewhere like New York City, I always had to post a picture of the window on the plane.” While millennials also grew up with social media, they didn’t have 24/7 access to it on their phones as children, and the platforms that...

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Robocalls Are (Finally) Being Shaken Up

Hey, have you heard that your car’s extended warranty is about to expire? That’s what the disembodied robot voice on the other end of the phone wants you to think, anyway. Fortunately, these incessant spam calls may soon be getting less frequent.This week, the US Federal Communications Commission closed a loophole in a policy that requires voice service...

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Meta Testing New Age Verification Tools – Experts Explain Why They Won’t Work

Facebook parent Meta announced that it would be testing new ways for its Instagram platform to ... verify the age of its users. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Getty Images Last month, Facebook parent Meta announced that it would be testing new ways for...

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Instagram Is Testing Making Every Video You Post a Reel

Meta is testing out a version of Instagram where all video content is posted as a Reel, the company confirmed to Gizmodo on Thursday in an email. “This is something we’re testing (and have been!) with parts of our global community,” wrote a spokesperson for Meta, Instagram’s parent company. They characterized the change “as part of our...

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This Is (Probably) The Most Popular Cannabis Content Creator In The World: Meet Dope As Yola

Dope as Yola Courtesy “I recently got deleted off Instagram, again. I had about 4.1 million followers. My Snapchat was number two in the country, not just for cannabis, but in general: It was Kylie Jenner, me and Cardi B. And then they deleted that...

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Facebook Admits ‘Incorrect Enforcement’ on Abortion Posts

Photo: Getty Images (Getty Images)Facebook users writing about mailing abortion pills had their posts removed this week, and in some cases, their accounts temporarily suspended, for violating the company’s terms of service rules against buying, selling, or exchanging drugs. However, testing conducted by Gizmodo and previous reporting from Vice suggests Facebook is only...

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Meta Allowed Misleading Ads for Cancer Treatments on Facebook

Facebook and its parent company, Meta, don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to combatting online disinformation. At the start of the covid-19 pandemic, Meta came out publicly against advertisements pedaling questionable health information and things like vaccine misinformation, yet they persist. Advertisements for unproven, debunked, and even harmful cancer treatments continue to appear on...

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