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Have national security clearance? Facebook wants you

Facebook is reportedly looking for employees who have national security clearance.

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Facebook[1] wants to hire employees who have national security clearances to help prevent foreign entities from impacting future American elections, Bloomberg reported Monday[2]. The social network wants to use these people, who can access information classified by the US government, “to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections,” according to Bloomberg. Facebook officials declined to comment on the report.

Fake news[3] disseminated online in the lead-up to Donald Trump[4]‘s presidential victory last year has become a hot topic that has entangled tech giants including Facebook[5], Twitter and Google.

Numerous reports say fake news shared on social networks helped Trump[6], and was connected to the Russian government[7].

References

  1. ^ Facebook (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Bloomberg reported Monday (www.bloomberg.com)
  3. ^ Fake news (www.cbsnews.com)
  4. ^ Donald Trump (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Facebook (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ helped Trump (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ connected to the Russian government (www.cnet.com)

Sheridan Smith opens up about her anxiety and depression: ‘My life was falling apart’

Actress Sheridan Smith has opened up about her experience of anxiety and depression, sharing that her father’s cancer diagnosis in 2016 triggered a struggle with her mental health that resulted in her taking time away from her West End role in Funny Girl.‘My life was falling apart,’ Smith told The Sunday Times. ‘And I didn’t tell anyone.’

Smith’s experience with anxiety and depression had been ongoing for some time, as she’d originally moved to London to work as an actor with no training – and yet over time, her skills resulted in her being in some of the most high-profile television programmes and theatre shows of the past few years. ‘I never used to get that nervous when I was younger,’ she said. ‘I was just wide-eyed, from up north, enjoying it all, a jobbing actor doing Two Pints, having a laugh.’ Smith starred in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 to 2009, and also had a prominent role in BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, as well as Benidorm and Jonathan Creek.

In 2009, she took on the role of Elle Woods in the West End musical production of Legally Blonde. ‘It was Legally Blonde that changed everything — it was the first time I’d been the lead in a musical, and it did incredibly well,’ Smith recalled.

‘Then things started to go to another level, which I wasn’t… Suddenly I started suffering from anxiety. I’m there on the set [of Quartet] with Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon, for God’s sake, and I was really anxious.

‘Things shift subtly,’ she continued. ‘There’s more pressure to deliver… You’re constantly worrying that you’re not going to be as good as people think you should be.’ MORE: 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEEN ABOUT ANXIETY[2]

Smith was reluctant to open up about her issues at the time due to her prominent career. “All I could imagine was people thinking, ‘You should be grateful. Get over yourself.’ But when you have that degree of anxiety, you can’t just pull yourself together and you can’t explain it,” she said. ‘I didn’t want to talk about it at the time, because I just thought that’s exactly what people would say — ‘What have you got to be upset about?’ And I was totally grateful, of course I was.

‘But at the same time, I was totally terrified that I was going to come unstuck, that I couldn’t hold these feelings of insecurity in much longer without it coming to a head. Which it did last year.’ ‘My dad getting cancer triggered it, but it had been a long time coming,’ she concluded. ‘Things have been weird for years.’

After taking time to get treatment for and recover from her stress, Smith returned to Funny Girl and continues to wow critics with her triumphant performances – much like the one seen on last week’s Strictly Come Dancing, in fact. She will also be making her first foray into the music industry later this year with a debut album.

Sheridan: The Album is out on November 3.

Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Via Digital Spy[3] (Images: Getty) Like this?

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References

  1. ^ The Sunday Times (www.thetimes.co.uk)
  2. ^ MORE: 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEEN ABOUT ANXIETY (www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk)
  3. ^ Via Digital Spy (www.digitalspy.com)

This hotel in the Maldives now offers the world’s first ‘Instagram butler’

There’s no denying it; when we go on holiday, we can’t help but scroll through our camera roll and mentally mark the best ones for Instagram.

But now, getting the perfect Insta shot doesn’t mean shouting at your partner to get the right angles.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel has introduced the world’s first ‘Instagram Butler’ to help you capture the perfect posts, reports the Telegraph.

So what can you expect from your Instagram Butler?

MORE: NEW INSTAGRAM UPDATE MIGHT RUIN LOTS OF PEOPLE’S PROFILES FOREVER[2]

First off, they will take you on #InstaTrails; tours around the island’s most photogenic locations. This includes a visit to Ithaa, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant and a quick stop by a traditional Maldivian swing, typically positioned by the ocean.

Your Instagram butler will also give you advice on the best angles and time of day – because it’s all about lighting, right?

If you’re keen to set up a bespoke #InstaTrail, you can book special itineraries, which include yoga classes, in which you learn the most Instagrammable poses; a one-hour stargazing experience for nighttime snaps and even a five-hour tour of the local area to take pictures of Maldivian culture.

Your Instagram feed will never be #basic again…

MORE: ROCHELLE HUMES DIVIDES FANS AFTER SHARING A VERY UNUSUAL PARENTING TECHNIQUE ON INSTAGRAM[3] [h/t Telegraph[4]]

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References

  1. ^ Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ NEW INSTAGRAM UPDATE MIGHT RUIN LOTS OF PEOPLE’S PROFILES FOREVER (www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk)
  3. ^ ROCHELLE HUMES DIVIDES FANS AFTER SHARING A VERY UNUSUAL PARENTING TECHNIQUE ON INSTAGRAM (www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk)
  4. ^ Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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