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TikTok shared a handful of new features on Tuesday designed to support users’ mental well-being; including guides on how to engage with people who may be struggling and updated warning labels for sensitive content.


The changes come as Facebook’s research into its photo-sharing app Instagram, which last year launched TikTok competitor Reels; has reportedly raised concerns about Instagram’s impact on the mental health of teens.


“While we don’t allow content that promotes, glorifies or normalizes suicide, self-harm or eating disorders,” TikTok said in a blog post; “we do support people who choose to share their experiences to raise awareness, help others who might be struggling and find support among our community.”


To more safely support these conversations and connections; TikTok is rolling out new well-being guides to help people sharing their personal experiences on the video app.


The guides were developed along with the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Crisis Text Line, Live for Tomorrow; Samaritans of Singapore and Samaritans (UK), and they’re available on TikTok’s Safety Center.


The social video app is also sharing a new Safety Center guide for teens, educators and caregivers about eating disorders.


The guide was developed along with experts like the National Eating Disorders Association, National Eating Disorder Information Centre; Butterfly Foundation and Bodywhys, and offers information, support and advice.


Earlier this year, TikTok added a feature that directs users searching for terms related to eating disorders to appropriate resources.


In addition, when someone searches for words or phrases like #suicide; they’re pointed to local support resources like the Crisis Text Line helpline to find information on treatment options and support.


TikTok also said it’s updating its warning label for sensitive content, so that when a user searches for terms that could surface distressing content; such as “scary makeup,” the search results page will show an opt-in viewing screen. Users can tap “Show results” to view the content.


The site is also showcasing content from creators sharing their personal experiences with mental well-being; information on where to get help and advice on how to talk to loved ones.


“These videos will appear in search results for certain terms related to suicide or self-harm, with our community able to opt-in to view should they wish to,” TikTok said.


On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that in studies conducted over the past three years; Facebook researchers have found Instagram is “harmful for a sizable percentage” of young users, particularly teenage girls.


For years, child advocates have expressed concern over the mental health impact of sites like Instagram; where it can be hard to separate reality from altered images.


Advocacy groups and lawmakers have long criticized Instagram and parent Facebook for harboring harmful content and fostering anxiety and depression, particularly among younger audiences.


A 2017 report by the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health found that Instagram is the worst social media platform for young people’s mental health.


Reports earlier this year revealed Instagram is planning to launch a platform for kids under 13; stirring up more criticism from child health advocates who are concerned about threats to children’s online privacy and their mental well-being.


In response to criticism, both Facebook and Instagram said in May that they’d give all users the option to hide the number of likes their posts get from the public and to choose whether they can see like counts on all posts in their feed.


Following the Journal report Tuesday, Instagram said in a blog post; that it stands by its research to understand young people’s experiences on the app.


“The question on many people’s minds is if social media is good or bad for people,” Karina Newton, head of public policy at Instagram, wrote. “The research on this is mixed; it can be both. At Instagram, we look at the benefits and the risks of what we do.” Newton added that Instagram has done “extensive work around bullying, suicide and self-injury, and eating disorders” to make the app a safe place for everyone.


Like TikTok, Instagram has its own well-being guides and eating disorder resources; created in partnership with organizations including the National Eating Disorders Association and The Jed Foundation.


Facebook also has online well-being and emotional health hubs with resources from experts; as well as suicide prevention tools to provide users with resources like a one-click link to the Crisis Text Line.


In July, Instagram launched a tool called Sensitive Content Control to give people more control over how much sensitive content appears on its Explore page.


Concerns about the impact of technology on young minds extends as well to TikTok; which last month added more features aimed at protecting the privacy and safety of teenagers who use the app.


TikTok was also sued in April over allegations it illegally collects and uses children’s data; with the company saying those claims lack merit.




Nkechi Blessing Sunday slumps as she mourns her mother at the ongoing burial ceremony (Videos)



Nkechi Blessing Sunday slumps as she mourns her mother at the ongoing burial ceremony

A video has surfaced online that revealed the moment popular Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing Sunday slums on Saturday at her late mum, Mrs Gloria Sunday Obasa’s burial ceremony. An earlier video showed the traumatized actress, calling out to her mum, asking her to come back.

She had captioned the video: “This weekend we lay you to eternal rest mummy…Hard to digest but it’s a reality I have to learn to live with for the rest of my life, Can you see how useless and lazy I have been since you left.

I lived for you mummy but you decided to end it this way…Who am I to complain? Rather than be strong even though it’s the hardest thing for me right now.

In a video making the rounds on social media family and friends could be seen trying to wake her up after she slumped at the ongoing burial in Ojodu Berger, Lagos.

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NASA launches its Lucy spacecraft to study the Jupiter Trojan asteroids



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NASA’s Lucy space probe launched successfully from Cape Canaveral in Florida early Saturday; the beginning of a 12-year mission to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.


The uncrewed spacecraft lifted off at 5:34AM ET aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.


Lucy sent its first signal to Earth from its own antenna to NASA’s Deep Space Network at 6:40AM ET.


Scientists believe the Trojan asteroids, which orbit the Sun along the same path as Jupiter, may hold clues about the formation of our solar system.


It’s NASA’s first-ever single-spacecraft mission to explore so many different asteroids, the agency said.


Lucy is named for the fossilized human skeleton discovered in Ethiopia in 1974; which provided key insights into human evolution.


The fossil got her name from the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds;” which was playing at the site where excavators found her.


NASA says Lucy the spacecraft will provide insights into our evolution much the way her fossil counterpart did, only this time on a planetary scale.

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Lucy is on a complicated trajectory that will include three trips back toward Earth for gravity assists.


First, Lucy will orbit the Sun and then head back toward Earth next year for a gravity assist.


That will accelerate and direct the craft’s trajectory beyond Mars’ orbit; when Lucy will head back toward Earth again for another gravity assist in 2024.


This will help propel the craft toward the Donaldjohanson asteroid in 2025; after that Lucy will head toward the Trojan asteroids, arriving in 2027.


Then, after four targeted fly-bys, Lucy will head back to Earth for a third gravity assist in 2031; which will propel it toward the Trojans for another encounter in 2033.


“We started working on the Lucy mission concept early in 2014, so this launch has been long in the making,” Hal Levison; Lucy principal investigator with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) said in a statement.


“It will still be several years before we get to the first Trojan asteroid, but these objects are worth the wait and all the effort because of their immense scientific value. They are like diamonds in the sky.”

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Diri: Bayelsa Gov says Nigerians are tired of APC, ready to vote PDP



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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Saturday, October 16, stated that Nigerians are fed up with the All Progressives Congress and cannot wait to vote in the Peoples Democratic Party in 2023.

Diri spoke at the Mahmud Ribadu Square in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State as chairman of the PDP National Electoral Committee for the conduct of the state congress of the party.

He also boasted that governors elected on the platform of the PDP; across the North as well as South were the best performing governors in the country.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted Diri; as saying that the PDP was poised to take over power at the centre in 2023.

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The Governor of Adamawa, Adamu Fintiri, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar were among the delegates that voted at the congress which produced a legal practitioner, Tahir Shehu, as the state chairman of the party.

He urged his party members to remain steadfast and united to ensure PDP returns to power in the next general elections.

Diri described Fintiri as one of the “shining lights” in the party; saying he is making remarkable developmental imprints on Adamawa.

He said, “Nigerians are tired of the APC and are waiting for the PDP to take over. I assure you that come 2023; PDP will take over the presidency of our country.

“I have been reading about the first flyover in the North East; but yesterday I drove on it. We are pleased as a party that the governor of Adamawa State is performing and doing well. You know the PDP governors, from the North to the South, are the best performing in Nigeria.”

The Bayelsa governor appreciated Atiku Abubakar for what he described as his sterling qualities and for providing leadership in the party and in Nigeria.

He further said that the congress was peaceful; as well as friendly; and also convivial as it showed that the PDP was united in Adamawa.

He equally commended the Independent National Electoral Commission whose state Resident Electoral Commissioner and his team; were present to observe the exercise.

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