Wednesday, October 27, 2021

News wrap: Number of active-duty military suicides jumped 15% in 2020

Judy Woodruff:

At the same hearing, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona condemned the hostility against members of the school board. He said that in some places it has become dangerous.

The Biden administration is taking a more liberal approach to immigration enforcement. The new guidelines will target only those migrants who entered the country illegally since last November or who pose a threat to public safety. Then-President Trump instructed officials to pursue anyone illegally in the country. The new rules will be effective from November 29.

The number of suicides in the active-duty US military rose 15 percent last year to 580. The overall suicide rate rose only slightly. These figures are part of the Pentagon report released today. Officials say they saw no impact from the COVID pandemic.

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US senators today attacked Facebook over the conclusion that its Instagram platform could harm the mental health of teens. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Facebook’s own research shows that peer pressure on Instagram promotes eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.

Today, Democrat Richard Blumenthal challenged Antigone Davis, the company’s global security chief, as he disputed those accounts.

Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety, Facebook: We are exploring ways to release more of this research. I want to make it clear that this research is not a blast. This reason is not research. This is, in fact, the only directional research we use to product…

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