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Survivor of deadly California crash blames social media

Survivor of deadly California crash blames social media

Technology
A 14-year-old survivor of a deadly car crash in California that was livestreamed on Instagram said she isn't mad at anyone and doesn't blame the driver. Instead, Manuela Seja blamed social media, which she said has taken over people's lives and is only going to become more prevalent, television station KSEE in Fresno (http://bit.ly/2v2bYRB) reported Monday. "Honestly, I'm not mad at anybody and I don't blame anybody," Seja, who suffered a leg injury, said during an interview with the station. "It's all affected by social media. That's what life is now. And it's going to advance more and more. That what it's going to be about." Authorities say Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was driving the car Friday when it veered onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles (120.7 kilometers) northwest of Fresno. Sh...
Social Security trust fund projected to tap out in 17 years

Social Security trust fund projected to tap out in 17 years

Finance
Mulvaney: Trump wants to protect entitlementsIf Congress doesn't act soon, tens of millions of Americans will only receive about three-quarters of their Social Security benefits when they retire in the future. In an annual report released Thursday, trustees of the government's two largest entitlement programs -- Social Security and Medicare -- urged lawmakers to act quickly to assure Americansthey'll be able to get their full retirement benefits. The trustees projected that the Social Security trust fund will be tapped out by 2034. While that projection is unchanged fromlast year's annual report card, the trustees warned of persistent long-term challenges ahead if fixes aren't made to pay for the program. "The trajectory is still alarming," said Tom Price, secretary of the Health and Hum...
Social Security expansion is possible despite future funding woes, advocates say

Social Security expansion is possible despite future funding woes, advocates say

Finance
Advocates for increasing Social Security's benefits are counting on today's release of the annual trustees report to provide some fodder for their cause.While the yearly analysis confirmed the program's long-term funding woes, proponents for expansion say it also proves the government can afford it."The numbers make it clear that the question about whether to expand or cut Social Security is a question of values, not affordability," said Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.The report, released this afternoon, echoed last year's projected revenue shortfalls starting in the mid-2020s and leading to a depleted surplus by 2035. At that point, unless Congress has taken steps to shore it up, the program will be able to fund about...
Germany votes for 50m euro social media fines

Germany votes for 50m euro social media fines

Technology
Social media companies in Germany face fines of up to 50m euros ($ 57.1; £43.9m) if they fail to remove "obviously illegal" content in time.From October, Facebook, YouTube, and other sites with more that two million users in Germany must take down posts containing hate speech or other criminal material within 24 hours.Content that is not obviously unlawful must be assessed within seven days.The new law is one of the toughest of its kind in the world.Failure to comply will result in a 5m euro penalty, which could rise to 50m euros depending on the severity of the offence.In a statement, Facebook said it shared the goal of the German government to fight hate speech. It added: "We believe the best solutions will be found when government, civil society and industry work together and that this
Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Health
Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry.The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine.The authors fear such apps are contributing to growing anxieties around body image.Much of the cosmetic procedures industry is unregulated so reliable data on its size is hard to come by. In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as £3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body imageThe report identifies several factors that are encouraging young