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Shannon Geames from Tennessee, wears suicide prevention wristbands while lobbying Congress. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Today's World Suicide Prevention Day reminds us that plenty of people are struggling with feelings of harming themselves. Deciding just what to allow and not allow on social networks is a tricky balance and something Facebook has been wrestling with for more than a decade.
Driving the news: As part of a fresh series of consultations over the past year, Facebook is announcing a series of moves today aimed at reducing the risk of encouraging self-harm while also trying to preserve the ability for people to discuss their struggles without shame.
Specifically, Facebook is:
What they're saying: "While suicide prevention work and dealing with self-harm can be some of the most challenging policy work we do, it's also some of the most important work we do," Facebook global head of safety Antigone Davis told Axios.
In creating the new policies, Davis said Facebook is trying to limit people from unwittingly being exposed to harmful content while at the same time preserving opportunities for people to share their struggles and gain a sense of community.
Why it matters: Globally, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds and experts say up to 25 times as many will attempt suicide.
My thought bubble: Facebook needs to perform a delicate and difficult balancing act. Sharing thoughts of suicidal intention, self-harm and disordered eating can have a contagious effect. At the same time, people dealing with these issues need outlets to talk about them or they suffer shame and isolation. Sharing one's struggles can provide relief — yet what's helpful to someone posting could end up being harmful to someone reading.
What's next: Facebook is moving to place greater emphasis on private groups and messaging. That will only make these issues thornier. And, of note, today Facebook doesn't proactively screen private groups for the types of content banned under the new policies. Rather, it relies on reports from users, meaning someone within the group would need to voice a complaint.
We won't officially know what Apple is announcing at this morning's event for a few hours more. But it's virtually impossible for phone makers — even secretive Apple — to keep much secret these days.
Expect Apple to introduce at least:
Also expect updates on some of the services Apple announced earlier this year, such as the Apple Arcade subscription game service.
Yes, but: The most interesting part of the show will be seeing whether Apple does anything beyond the above — or finds ways to make any of the above products more compelling than expected.
Why it matters: The iPhone remains the heart of Apple's business, and by all accounts it is going into essentially the third year with the design that debuted with the iPhone X. It remains unclear just how many good new reasons Apple can dream up to spur upgrades.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
A controversial Israeli military and law enforcement contractor that sells mobile phone spyware to governments is announcing a broad range of human rights protections after years of criticism, Axios' Joe Uchill reports.
The big picture: NSO Group has been accused of selling its Pegasus spyware to authoritarian governments, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Mexico used Pegasus to spy on the phones of inappropriate targets, including government officials and others who backed a tax on soda.
Background: NSO was purchased in February by Novapina Capital, a European private equity firm, which promised to make the company more transparent and to improve its human rights record.
The new human rights policy includes:
Between the lines: NSO had revenue of $250 million in 2018 but has had trouble obtaining investment commensurate with its revenue, according to Forbes.
Yes, but: The policy changes aren't likely to satisfy NSO's critics.
State elections officials struggle with some of the basics of office cybersecurity, according to a new report from cybersecurity auditor NormShield, Joe reports.
Why it matters: With the 2020 elections looming, there is a massive push to button down election cybersecurity.
Details: NormShield audited how state election authorities in all 50 states, D.C. and the territories handled common security tasks not related to the specialized equipment used in elections.
Why patch management grades suffered: Election boards' web servers use older operating systems and programs that are at or near their end of life.
Leaked credentials can be a problem, Maley says, even if they don't provide access to official accounts. Election officials shouldn't be using their official email addresses to sign up for personal online accounts.
Uber Eats is stepping even more squarely into GrubHub's turf with its latest move: letting restaurants join its service even if they have their own delivery drivers. The option rolled out in Europe and the Middle East last month, and is now available in the U.S., Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Why it matters: There's a lot of pressure on Uber Eats to turn a profit to bolster its parent company's business, so it's no surprise Uber is looking to expand the restaurant side of its marketplace.
The big picture: While GrubHub began as simply a hub for aggregating restaurants that deliver to customers, the company began to provide delivery for restaurants in 2015.
Between the lines: This makes it easier for Uber Eats to work with chains, both national and regional, that have their own delivery operations.
This made me smile. Hopefully it will make you smile, too.