Facebook announced Tuesday that it's creating health support groups where users will be able to ask administrators to post questions on their behalf, Stat News reports.

Our thought bubble, via Axios tech editor Scott Rosenberg: Facebook's "pivot to privacy" has a long way to go to persuade users that the social network is a safe place to share their information.

  • There's plenty of skepticism as to whether this actually alleviates privacy concerns surrounding sharing sensitive health information online.
  • The company will need to recapture people's trust in many smaller ways before they are likely to feel more comfortable about sharing health info, even with a promise of anonymity.

Details: "There are a lot of people with sensitive questions [who] are not comfortable asking a question in a group where they have to tie their identity to that question," said Hema Budaraju, the product management director for health at Facebook.

  • While members of the new group won't be able to see who posted a question, the administrator will be able to see who made the request.

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Lego, Sesame Workshop back early-learning startup

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A number of leading children's brands, including Lego and Sesame Workshop, are among the investors pouring $50 million into BEGiN, the New York startup behind the early-learning program HOMER.

Why it matters: Thus far, HOMER has focused on reading apps, but with the new funding and partnerships, the company says it will expand to a full early-learning program combining digital, physical and in-person experiences, tapping some of its investors for both content and distribution.

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Climate's surprise appearance in the debate

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The debate was a mess as moderator Chris Wallace struggled with President Trump's interruptions. But let's analyze the climate parts anyway without normalizing the whole thing.

Why it matters: The contest provided a collision over the topic between Trump and Joe Biden, and underscored the two candidates' immense differences.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 33,700,008 — Total deaths: 1,008,874 — Total recoveries: 23,426,047Map.
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