Episode #7×33: Facebook Caught Hiding Embarrassing Data, Water Shortages Out West, States Allowing Mental Health Days

  • On this week’s show: the most popular post on Facebook in the first three months of the year, the U.S. government’s recent water shortage declaration for those of us out west, and new bills at the state level that permit students to take mental health days. 
  • UPDATE: OnlyFans cancels its plan to ban explicit content from their platform.
  • Hurricane Ida made landfall as a category 4 hurricane on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the remnants of the storm are passing right over Laura during this week’s show.
  • Delta Airlines will be charging a $200 monthly insurance premium fee for all employees who are unvaccinated. Is it a slippery slope?
  • Facebook was avoiding releasing its Q1 transparency report, and we can see why: a potentially misleading story about COVID-19 vaccines was viewed by 53 million people on Facebook.
  • Does social media have a role to play in disseminating COVID-19 vaccine news? 4 in 10 Americans think so.
  • Is tech and media illiteracy something social media companies should be committed to tackling?
  • For the first time in US History, the Colorado River is experiencing a water shortage due to climate change and the ongoing drought in the region.
  • Andrew gives us some perspective on the positive moves his home city of Las Vegas has made to recycle water and cut down on excessive use.
  • Laura’s a real downer and gives some perspective on an announcement put out by UNICEF and the United Nations – the lack of clean water is more dangerous than war violence.
  • Several states have passed bills allowing for mental health days to be a valid excuse for students to be absent from school. Did we take mental health days as students? Do we take them now?
  • This week’s recommendations should help enlighten you (plus help you achieve some good sleep!): Read this NYT article to learn about proposed solutions to the Colorado River situation (Andrew), check out the MediaWise resources available at Poynter (Pam), and invest in some blackout curtains (if you’re a vampire like Laura).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/MILL to get Honey FREE!) Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • More tea. Laura learned about a shocking connection between the two biggest loves of her life.
  • What would you do if you felt a friend was making a reckless decision to make a big move with no financial or job security?
  • Audio messages UPDATE: Andrew has now fallen victim to receiving these pesky text message stand-ins. What should he do?

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