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Majority of anti-vaxx ads on Facebook are funded by just two organizations

theguardian.com
  • Study shows that just two American organizations are responsible for 54% of anti-vaccination ads on Facebook.
  • They target women and parents of young children, and carefully craft their messages to avoid being removed due to violation of Facebook’s new ad terms.
  • In contrast, pro-vaccination ads come from 83 healthcare organizations, and they do get removed due to violation of Facebook’s terms.
  • This shows just how easy it is to spread misinformation on Facebook, and how imperfect the platform’s terms and moderation mechanisms are.

Russia Is About to Disconnect From the Internet: What That Means

pcmag.com
  • Russia has implemented a long-planned internet bill that aims to close off all outside internet services, and replace them with Russian equivalents.
  • This could usher in similar legislation in other countries, possibly leading to “splinternets” -- an internet of multiple government-controlled, walled-off ecosystems.
  • Ultimately this harms the global, open nature of the internet, but Russia is unlikely to close off everything due to conflicts of business nature.
  • While the aim is to prevent cyber crime and war, some experts say due to the nature of cybersecurity, this might not be a strong solution.

How children influence the life expectancy of their parents

mpg.de
  • Study based on four million Swedish women and men born between 1915 and 1960 proves that mothers and fathers live longer than childless adults.
  • The effect is most visible in adoptive parents, as adopting children can add as much as 5 years to their lifespan.
  • Researchers explain this by saying that people who are better off -- healthy, richer -- are usually those that have children.
  • Additionally, having children in one’s life encourages a more healthy lifestyle, ultimately leading to less accidents and sickness, and a longer life.

Meet the Rich Kids Who Want to Give Away All Their Money

townandcountrymag.com
  • Resource Generation, a group of wealthy young people across America, are using their capital to transfer power to financially struggling communities.
  • They want to decrease the earnings gap, and help more people have access to the opportunities that few -- except the wealthy -- can afford.
  • The group is focused on smart redistribution of wealth, and wants to encourage people to openly talk about money and status.
  • It has been around since the 1990s, and in the first half of 2019 members pledged $20 million to social justice and grassroots organizations.

DROPS IN INCOME MAY NOT ONLY HURT THE WALLET, THEY MAY HARM THE BRAIN

aan.com
  • People who experienced 2 or more income drops over a 20-year period, have smaller total brain volume, and perform cognitive tasks longer, with worse results.
  • They also had lower connectivity in the brain than people who haven’t experienced income drops.
  • 3,287 were studied, aged 23 to 35 when the study began, and the results stay the same after adjusting for other factors that affect thinking skills.
  • Income volatility is at a record level since the 1980s, and this study shows that it’s not good for our health.

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