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Report: State AGs Investigate Instagram’s Impact on Children

According to the Wall Street Journal, the psychological effects of Facebook-owned platform Instagram on young children are being investigated by a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general. Nebraska’s Republican Attorney General Doug Peterson stated: “When social media platforms treat our children as mere commodities to manipulate for longer screen time engagement and data extraction, it becomes imperative for state attorneys general to engage our investigative authority under our consumer protection laws.”

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Paley Center in New York. FILE - In this April 23, 2021, file photo, the Facebook app is shown in the app store on a smart phone in Surfside, Fla. Facebook on Wednesday, July …

Calls Come to Defund NPR After ‘Nonbinary Child, Family Explore Identity’ Segment

National Public Radio (NPR) Boston affiliate WBUR aired an interview with a Massachusetts third grader and his parents describing their experience since being “startled” by their child’s announcement that he feels like a “boy-girl” at the mere age of six. Many listeners took to Twitter to voice their concerns over what they view as “child abuse,” with some calling to defund the taxpayer-funded radio network.

The family gathers in the entryway of their house before heading out to the playground. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)