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When you think of Demi Lovato, your mind probably immediately goes to music, but the pop star’s latest professional endeavour might have you connecting her with something a little more…paranormal: UFOs. Decades after making her Disney debut, Lovato is returning to television in a totally new way, starting with a project that no one saw coming. In the developing series Unidentified With Demo Lovato, the Lovato will be tackling the unsolved mystery that is the existence of UFOs on earth. Joined by her little sister Dallas and her best friend Matthew Scott Montgomery, Lovato will seek out the expertise of paranormal scientists, scholars, and people who say they’ve been in direct contact with aliens as they “investigate recent eyewitness encounters, uncover secret government reports, and conduct tests at known UFO hot spots.” The conspiracy-driven series will be released on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock in four episodes (no word on whether it’ll be released in the UK yet), which Lovato will also executive produce. It’s hard to say exactly what her qualifications to do this kind of scientific work are besides being a “true believer” in the existence of UFOs, but if this project sounds a little too out of this world for you, there’s more Demi content coming. Lovato’s television deal with NBCUniversal also includes a scripted series called Hungry which she will star in and executive produce. First announced in April, Hungry will focus on a food issues group that grows closer as its members experience life (and love) side by side. The project is kind of a full-circle moment, marking Lovato’s official return to television and her first lead role in a series since the Disney days of Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. It also hits close to home because Lovato has been open about her challenging personal history of disordered eating for years. Neither Unidentified nor Hungry have official release dates because they’re still in the works, but in addition to the release of her latest album, the NBCUniversal projects hint that the next chapter of the pop star’s career will keep her very, very booked. The Demissance isn’t over just yet. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Demi Lovato Relives The Trauma Of Her OverdoseNew Music To Know: Demi Lovato, AJA, & MoreDemi Lovato Opens Up About The Roots Of Her Body-I
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Surprise, surprise: The man best known for inventing a hotspot for political misinformation, privacy violations, and countless data leaks had a terrible idea. On Monday, May 10, 44 attorneys general penned a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, urging Facebook to halt its plans for a new business venture: “Instagram for kids.” The letter brings up the many, many psychological and safety-related reasons it would be harmful to launch a version of the app for children under the age of 13. Zuckerberg, however, seems adamant about doing it anyway. “Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account. Further, Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its platforms,” wrote the National Association of Attorneys General. “The attorneys general have an interest in protecting our youngest citizens, and Facebook’s plans to create a platform where kids under the age of 13 are encouraged to share content online is contrary to that interest.” Many of us were unaware of Instagram for kids (thankfully), which was actually announced around two months ago. Zuckerberg confirmed the plan during a March 25 congressional hearing, and the same month, a Facebook spokesperson told USA Today that the app was “in its very early stages” and would hopefully “help kids keep up with their friends, discover new hobbies and interests, and more.” The spokesperson likened it to Messenger Kids, a similar Facebook-esque app designed for children. It’s worth noting that Messenger Kids was also extremely controversial when it started, and only became more concerning after a bug allowed thousands of children to enter group chats with unknown adults of all ages. (Facebook has said that the glitch was resolved.) During the congressional hearing, Zuckerberg said that an Instagram for children could help kids “stay connected” and “learn about different content online.” Instagram spokesperson Stephanie Otway cited the growing number of children attempting to use Instagram by lying about their ages; a new app designed for kids is a “practical solution,” the company argued. But along with the obvious safety concerns, AGs, other political leaders, and mental health professionals all worry this venture could negatively impact children’s development and self-esteem. In April, a coalition led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood slammed Instagram’s “relentless focus on appearance, self-presentation, and branding,” and wrote in a letter to Zuckerberg that children under 13 are less equipped than adults to handle the pressures, challenges, and anxiety related to the app. Those who would lie about their age, the signatories argued, would likely still choose to join “adult” Instagram over “a new site that seems babyish.” Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal and Reps. Lori Trahan and Kathy Castor also wrote a letter to Zuckerberg in April, requesting that he outline a detailed plan to protect user safety and prevent the proliferation of sponsored content, edited and filtered photos, and more. “Should Facebook fail to provide adequate responses to the questions above or otherwise fail to demonstrate that a future version of Instagram for children would meet the highest standards of user protection, we would advise you to abandon your plans to launch this new platform,” wrote the lawmakers. Experts agree that social media — in particular, Instagram — can have adverse effects on children and teenagers’ mental health, body image, self-esteem, and sleep schedule. Instagram breeds an obsession with “likes,” popularity, and missing out on events that a user may or may not have been invited to. According to McLean Hospital, the app is designed to be addictive, because tools like “Likes” and push notifications can make the brain release dopamine. Researchers have found that young people who spend more time on apps are more likely to have depression and anxiety. A 2017 study from the U.K.’s Royal Society for Public Health showed that, compared to Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube, Instagram has the largest mental health impact. “There’s a good amount of research suggesting that Instagram is among the most toxic social media platforms because of its emphasis on image and followers,” said psychologist Jean Twenge, according to NBC News. “My view is that there’s really no way to make it completely safe for young kids.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?What Instagram Hiding Likes Could Mean For Your MeBlack Women’s Mental Health Is Often InvalidatedChris Evans Responded To Lizzo's Drunk DMs
For everyone who took up knitting during the pandemic, only to be mocked by their close ones — think: jokes about Meredith Grey celibacy knitting and becoming a grandma at 25 — joke’s on them. Thanks to Michelle Obama, you’ve been vindicated, finally. On Monday, the former First Lady joined TV host Gayle King on CBS This Morning to talk about her Waffles + Mochi campaign, life after being the First Lady, and, yes, knitting during lockdown. “I have freedom to do the things that I want — I’m knitting now,” Obama told King. “No disrespect, but that sounds very old lady,” King replied. “It’s not old lady,” Obama insisted. “I don’t want you to come for my knitting community, Gayle.” The former First Lady then proudly shared all of her knitting accomplishments: “I made Barack a sweater — a crewneck sweater — that he loves.” Though he hasn’t yet worn it, given the current nice weather, Obama maintained that he will eventually. Another feat? Making knitted halter tops — a huge trend across TikTok and spring runways, alike — for her two daughters, Malia and Sasha. “There’s something special about that,” King said. “To know that Mom made this for me.” We couldn’t agree more. If you were looking for a push to embrace knitting, you just got it. Haters begone! Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?During The Pandemic, Hobbies Became A LifestyleRoller Skating: Summer's Underdog Pandemic Hobby13 Of The Best Cosy & Classic Cashmere Knits