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Promoting health through the life course
Facebook's WhatsApp is so huge in India that one app reached 9 million users without spending a ...
According to Mary Meeker`s annual internet trends report published last month, WhatsApp is the most popular Android app in India, followed by Facebook Messenger at number two and the core Facebook service at number five. With over 200 million users in India, WhatsApp is how digital health start-up 1mg went viral, even without founder Prashant Tandon having to spend any money promoting it. Since its launch in 2015, more than 9 million people have downloaded his app, which helps users research prescription drugs and find the lowest prices.
June 25, 2017
Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'
Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organizations. The four platforms have a negative effect because they can exacerbate children’s and young people’s body image worries, and worsen bullying, sleep problems and feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness, the participants said
May 19, 2017
The Guardian, BBC
Abortion pill group's Facebook page deleted over promoting 'drug use'
Facebook censored the page of an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, citing its policy against ‘the promotion or encouragement of drug use.’ Women on Web, which is based in Amsterdam, helps connect women with doctors who can provide abortion pills if they live in countries where abortion is restricted. It is a sister organization to Women on Waves, which provides abortions and other reproductive services on a ship in international waters
May 11, 2017
May 12, 2017 Newsweek
, International Business Times
Non communicable diseases
Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to tackle suicides
Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence and update its tools and services to help prevent suicides among its users. It plans to integrate its existing suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts into its live-streaming feature, Facebook Live and its Messenger service
March 1, 2017