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January 21, 2021, 11:03 AM
Lush doesn't want to lead anyone down a "dark and dangerous alleyway" online 👀
Lush is officially that friend who quits social media because they can't take it anymore.
The cosmetics brand says it'll shut down most of its social channels under a new "anti-social media policy" this week, in a not-so-subtle jab at several companies including
Lush says it'll deactivate several of its social media accounts on Black Friday, November 26, at the same time its competitors are going big with holiday sales.
"We wouldn't ask our customers to meet us down a dark and dangerous alleyway," Lush said in a statement. "But some social media platforms are beginning to feel like places no one should be encouraged to go."
Lush says it will deactivate its accounts on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and TikTok, because it doesn't want to use platforms that are "harmful" to people's mental health.
Lush said it doesn't want to engage with platforms that push people toward negative and fake content — a practice that Meta deliberately chooses to do, according to recent allegations from a Facebook whistleblower.
"We wish to only use platforms and services that do their very best to protect users from harassment, harm and manipulation," Lush says on its site.
It's a big move to make for any brand in this era, but Lush has a long history of taking activist stances. It's backed causes such as Black Lives Matter, Orange Shirt Day and various environmental movements, and it often shares those views on social media.
"As an inventor of bath bombs, I pour all my efforts into creating products that help people switch off, relax and pay attention to their wellbeing," Jack Constantine, a product inventor and the chief digital officer at Lush, said in a statement.
"Social media platforms have become the antithesis of this aim, with algorithms designed to keep people scrolling and stop them from switching off and relaxing."
Lush also admits that it's tried and failed at this before. The company attempted to close its social media in the U.K. in 2019, but it said its "FOMO was vast" and that's why it eventually came back.
We don't know how long this new policy will stick but Lush says its choice of platforms will "change over time."
For now, the company will only be using Twitter and YouTube.
"We hope that platforms will introduce strong best practice guidelines, and we hope that international regulation will be passed into law," the company says. "But we can't wait."
Lush didn't say exactly what might change its mind about certain platforms, but for now, it sounds like it's about to disappear from your Insta feed.
We knew there was something going on in that "SNL" sketch!
If you thought there was chemistry between Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian on Saturday Night Live, it looks like you were right.
The two are officially dating according to E! News, and rapper Flavor Flav was the first one to share a photo of them together Thursday on Instagram.
The photo shows Kardashian, Davidson, Kris Jenner and Flavor Flav posing together at Jenner's house in Palm Springs, where Davidson was reportedly celebrating his 28th birthday.
Jenner is wearing a set of SKIMS pyjamas while Kardashian and Davidson seem to be sharing an identical set of PJs. He's wearing the top while she's wearing the bottom.
"They are really happy and seeing where it goes," a source close to Kardashian told E! News. Page Six has also confirmed their romance, while the Daily Mail managed to capture footage of them holding hands and grinning happily together this week in Los Angeles.
The loved-up couple have left little doubt their relationship is more than a passing fling\n\nWATCH THE FULL VIDEO: https://trib.al/hfd6mM3\u00a0pic.twitter.com/jEO60Oozhv— Daily Mail Celebrity (@Daily Mail Celebrity) 1637321811
If things continue to get serious, this would be Kim's first big romance since splitting from Kanye West earlier this year.
Davidson, meanwhile, has piled up a long list of famous ex-girlfriends in recent years, including Kate Beckinsale, Kaia Gerber, Cazzie David and Ariana Grande (they even almost got married).
Davidson and Kardashian have known each other for a few years, but rumours about their romance started swirling last month after she guest-hosted Saturday Night Live.
The pair did a skit together about Aladdin and Princess Jasmine's sex life, which ended with them kissing.
Wouldn\u2019t call it \u201cdoing sex,\u201d Aladdinpic.twitter.com/bX6bDNqHLt— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@Saturday Night Live - SNL) 1633840214
"If we go all the way, you might like, break me," Davidson says in the sketch.
Time will tell!
Not what you see on your average daily commute!
The incident happened on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge on October 14.
The original video, filmed by Luke and posted to his Instagram account @Barneee750, was sent to Narcity Canada. The video has since been removed from Luke's online profile.
The video, which has been submitted to North Vancouver RCMP, appears to show a female driver laid back with her eyes closed while the vehicle crosses the bridge.
He told CTV News Vancouver: "It was mostly out of disbelief that anybody would actually commute in their car on the highway over a very busy bridge completely asleep."
According to Tesla's website, the Autopilot feature allows a car to steer, accelerate and brake within its lane, but it requires active driver supervision and doesn't make the vehicle autonomous.
And a few Canadians say last week's outage has made them rethink their social media usage!
It might have been the Facebook outage that shook the world, too many pokes from random people or something else entirely, but almost a third of Canadians surveyed in a recent poll said Facebook has made their quality of life worse.
According to a poll conducted by Leger, 29% of the Canadians who responded said the social media platform has negatively affected their quality of life, while others said the recent outage is making them rethink their social media usage in general.
Of the 1,545 Canadians surveyed, 46% said they hadn't noticed any impact on their quality of life by Facebook and 25% said they thought Facebook made their life better.
The poll also asked Canadians about their views on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger (the four apps that went down in last week's outage) and Facebook got the worst ratings by far. Leger reports that 40% of Canadians said they have a negative opinion of the platform, compared to 15% for Messenger, 20% for WhatsApp and 27% for Instagram.
After the panic (and memes) of last week's outage across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, 18% of Canadians aged 18 to 34 said they'd reflected on their social media usage and would change it going forward. But the majority of respondents weren't shaken up too badly; 66% of Canadians said it was business as usual after the outage and it wouldn't affect their online presence.