#157 - Shadowbanning on Facebook | Curio

#157 - Shadowbanning on Facebook

20 mins | Mar 2, 2022

Today's episode from 2nd March 2022. First this morning: Are social media algorithms hiding transgender friendly content and promoting more extremist views? Imara Jones, a black transgender woman, thinks so and she's concerned what it might mean for people like her. We hear her why she thinks she's being made to feel invisible online. Then later, most parents worry whether their children are developing at the right pace, and now the standards by which they're judged have been changed in the US. We find out what it will mean for parents and their kids. For Imara Jones, a black transgender woman who grew up in a society that is hostile to who she fundamentally is, social media is essential for her to live her truth. The wide reach of platforms like Facebook, TikTok and Instagram has enabled her to connect to a community and, for otherwise isolated and vulnerable individuals, provides a space for them to find somewhere they belong. However, as she explains in this deeply personal essay in Fast Company, the current unchecked algorithms reduce the reach of trans-friendly content, promote extremist views of people like Ben Shapiro, and can even contribute to the increase suicide risk for LGBTQ+ individuals. For the first time since they were first released in 2004, the checklist of developmental milestones for infants and young children have been changed with the aim of making it easier for parents to identify delays that could be signs of autism or other social-communication disabilities. For The Washington Post, Jackie Spinner - a mother who was able to identify and counteract the earliest signs of autism in her middle child - discusses why these changes are so important for making meaningful impacts on infants' lives. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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