Facebook censorship, and a new Netflix feature
Good morning everyone! We hope you have a great Thursday, and thanks for joining us this morning!
In yet another instance of Facebook censoring posts in India, the social media site temporarily hid all posts that included the hashtag “ResignModi” (Narenda Modi is their Prime Minister). According to the results when a user searched the hashtag, the contents were being hidden under the premise of “Keeping our community safe.” When asked for a comment, Facebook responded hours later saying that the posts had been restored and that they are “looking into what happened.”
Netflix has officially solved one of its biggest problems—choice paralysis. It officially launched a “Play Something” button that well...plays something. It will essentially put its recommendations for the user on “shuffle”, giving them a “TV” like experience, except for the fact that they’ll be able to “skip” shows (or go back). This feature is now available on all Netflix TV apps, and will soon be available on Android devices in the near future.
0:45- No more menthol?
According to sources close to the Biden administration, the President intends on recommending a ban on menthol cigarettes, something that would affect more than one out of every three cigarettes sold in the US. This proposed policy is based on a report by the FDA in 2013 that found that menthols are both harder to quit than normal cigarettes, and far more likely to pose a greater health risk. In addition, menthols are commonly used by beginning smokers (due to the cooling properties which help to deal with smoke irritation), and are proportionally used more by the Black (84% of all cigarette use) and Hispanic (47%) communities.
After the close yesterday, Facebook reported earnings with a massive increase in Q1 revenue and profit (along with a 43% operating margin). They largely attributed this to its advertising revenue which was up 46% YoY to $25Bn, which in turn was caused by a trend in its 1.9Bn active users to spend more time and money while on the site. They did however, suggest that this growth may slow as people return to more normal lives.
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-The 90 Second News Team
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