Teen Vogue’s “Guide to Anal Sex” is sparking a slew of outrage — including one mom so incensed, she burned a copy of the mag.The magazine posted the guide earlier this month, touting it as “the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff, no matter who you are, whom you’re having sex with, or who you want to have sex with.”“This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk,” it reads.
About a week later, a woman known as “The Activist Mommy” posted a video on Twitter of her burning Teen Vogue’s June edition in a campfire — with the hashtag #PullTeenVogue.“They are teaching children 11 through 17, that’s the target audience…how to be safely sodomized,” the woman said in the video. “Yes, they are teaching kids how to have anal intercourse. We should not be teaching children — period — how to have sex.”“These editors’ brains are in the gutter,” she ranted as she ripped apart the glossy mag and tossed it into the flames. “Now let’s put their sales in the gutter where they belong.”Others joined her campaign on social media.“If u text the content of this article to a 12 yrs old girl, you’d lose ur job and probably be prosecuted,” Tony Shkurtaj tweeted.“Fifth grade science teaches the different body systems,” Tracy Fino wrote. “Yet grown people still confuse sexual organs with non sexual organs.”But others blasted the outraged mom, and came to the magazine’s defense.“You guys are blind to think that stopping a magazine will stop teens about learning about sex and their sexuality & positions,” Rheanna tweeted.Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director at the magazine, issued a tweetstorm defending his publication’s decision to publish the article.He explained why he believes it’s important for teens to receive sex education — and said the story is “a continued part of our sex education coverage.”“The backlash to this article is rooted in homophobia,” he began. “It’s also laced in arcane delusion about what it means to be a young person today.”
U.S. Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday evening that he has a brain tumor.The announcement follows a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday, where a pathology report revealed the glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.A statement from McCain’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery, but it is unclear when the 80-year-old Republican would return to the Senate. “Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate,” the statement read. Because glioblastomas can grow rapidly, the most common symptoms are usually caused by increased pressure in the brain. These symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.Depending on the location of the tumor, patients can develop a variety of other symptoms such as weakness on one side of the body, memory and/or speech difficulties, and vision changes, according to the American Brain Tumor Association website.Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, the association says.About 20,000 people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with a glioblastoma. The American Cancer Society puts the five-year survival rate for patients over 55 at about 4 percent.The tumor digs tentacle-like roots into normal brain tissue. Patients fare best when surgeons can cut out all the visible tumor, which happened with McCain’s tumor, according to his office.That isn’t a cure; cancerous cells that aren’t visible still tend to lurk, the reason McCain’s doctors are considering further treatment including chemotherapy and radiation.The senator and chairman of the Armed Services Committee had been recovering at his Arizona home. His absence had forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to delay action on health care legislation.In a statement, McConnell said: “John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life. The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well.”Doctors say McCain is recovering from his surgery amazingly well and his underlying health is excellent, according to the statement.McCain was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008, when he and running mate Sarah Palin lost to Barack Obama. A Navy pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner for 5½ years.The senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, tweeted about how the news of her father’s cancer shocked the family.”It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has,” she wrote.
The Trump administration certified to Congress late Monday that Iran has continued to meet the required conditions of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers. But senior administration officials made clear that the certification was grudging, and said that President Trump intends to impose new sanctions on Iran for ongoing “malign activities” in non-nuclear areas such as ballistic missile development and support for terrorism. “We judge that these Iranian activities severely undermi
He’s the “King of Instagram” known for spending his life surrounded by bikini clad models, luxury cars, and for claiming he once slept with 17 girls in a week.But now millionaire poker player Dan Bilzerian has revealed that he is in his first-ever monogamous relationship with a stunning model who is 16 years younger than him.Bilzerian, 37, has confirmed he is dating Sofia Bevarly and told Square Mile magazine: “Yeah. Got a girlfriend. First time. Well, I had a girlfriend before, but I was still f—ing other girls.”The new couple met at a marquee pool party but admits it wasn’t exactly the fairy tale love-at-first-sight meeting.He said: “I think I f—-d like three girls before her that day. We just started hanging out … She’s a little different, you know? She’s smart, she’s cool, and she liked a lot of the s–t I like. So here we are.”The buxom blonde has featured in a number of Bilzerian’s notorious shots on Instagram, including one of the pair ascending the steps to a private jet, with the caption of “going on a date.”In other shots, Bevarly clings to the playboy as she perches on his shoulders during wakeboarding, and poses in a bikini on the back of a 100–year–old Galapagos tortoise.Taking the step to monogamy wasn’t easy for the controversial social media star, who claims to have slept with over a thousand women.He admitted: “A girl has to be super-hot now for me to be even semi-interested. You just get pickier. I think that’s true of everything. Money, toys, girls – all the hedonistic stuff. You just raise the bar.”And you can see how Bilzerian constantly pushes the boat out from his over-the-top Instagram, which has over 22.6 million followers.From images of yacht parties and expensive cars to guns and his adorable cat Smushball, Bilzerian is usually pictured surrounded by a posse of scantily clad women.The playboy lives in the Hollywood hills but also has houses in Los Angeles and San Diego and is said to be worth $100 million.Besides poker and managing his popular Instagram account, Bilzerian has had cameos in a number of movies.These include small roles in “Olympus Has Fallen,” where he was Gerard Butler’s stunt double, “Lone Survivor,” “The Other Woman” and “Equalizer.”Bilzerian is known for living on the edge and his daredevil lifestyle has nearly caught up to him a number of times.He has suffered a double heart attack and pulmonary embolism in the past.An excruciating video also emerged in 2014 of the controversial star throwing a porn star off his roof, aiming for the pool, but missing.In April last year, it was reported that Bilzerian had won a $600,000 bet over whether he could cycle the 300 miles from Los Angeles to Las Vegas within 48 hours.
Just six months ago, it looked like the Republican Party was about to go on a legislative blitzkrieg, shredding law after law passed by the Obama administration. ObamaCare would be vaporized and replaced with a nickel rattling inside an empty Mountain Dew can. Dodd-Frank was sure to be tossed aside for a transparent giveaway to Wall Street. And Republicans would pass their regressive tax reform, their perplexing border-adjustment tax, and so much more. The GOP hadn’t held total power in American politics since 2006, and the party had become much more conservative in the interim. And instead of George W. Bush, a man who recognized at least some theoretical limits on free market fundamentalism, the new Congress would work with a sub-literate tabula rasa named Donald Trump, a man who could probably be persuaded to inject himself with experimental medication if an important-seeming person whispered “do it” in his ear.But a funny thing happened on the way to libertarian utopia. Indeed, it turns out that the GOP-controlled Congress can’t seem to pass any meaningful laws at all. Either they have forgotten how, or the divisions in their own increasingly radicalized caucus are proving too difficult to surmount. Whatever the explanation, thus far these GOP legislators are on track to be the least productive group since at least the Civil War.Now, okay, technically the Ryan-McConnell 115th Congress is so far actually a bit more active than recent Congresses, if you measure by the 43 laws that President Trump has adorned with his garish signature. Obama was at 40 at this point in 2009. George W. Bush had signed even fewer midway through 2001. But sheer number is not the best way to think about how much is being achieved. As The Washington Post’s Philip Bump pointed out, a majority of the bills signed by Trump thus far have been one page long, meaning many are just symbolic or ceremonial.Some of this very brief legislation has also been passed under the Congressional Review Act, a previously obscure statute that allows Congress to nullify recently enacted federal regulations. The CRA had been used just once before Trump took office, and yet 14 of the 43 bills signed into law by the president have been CRAs. Most of them roll back Obama-era protections against various kinds of transparent evildoing, like preventing coal mining within 100 feet of streams. They’re not meaningless, but the Voting Rights Act they are not.So what’s the holdup on important bills getting to Trump’s desk? Both Obama and Bush had passed extraordinarily consequential legislation by this point in their first terms. The Bush tax cuts were signed in June 2001, and the massive stimulus that some economists credit with preventing another Great Depression was inked by Obama in February 2009. This Congress has not yet forwarded any legislation to the president that will significantly alter the trajectory of our politics or economics. Feel free to review the whole list yourself here and argue differently, unless you think the “U.S. Wants To Compete For a World Expo Act” (H.R. 534) is going to be the subject of debate by future historians.One major problem for the GOP’s lack of progress is polarization — just not the kind you’re thinking of.Over the past few years, journalists have given significant attention to the data maintained by political scientists at the University of California Los Angeles, which tracks the ideological makeup of individual members of Congress over time. The most important finding they’ve uncovered is that over the past 30 years, congressional Republicans have become substantially more ideologically extreme, while congressional Democrats have moved marginally to the left but are not much different as a group than they were in 1980, a process known as “asymmetric polarization.” For most of the post-war period, there were Democrats who were more conservative than the most liberal Republican, and vice versa. The last time this happened in the Senate was in the 108th Congress, when soon-to-be-ex-Democrat Zell Miller sat to the right of several liberal Republicans, including Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and future party-switching Republicans Lincoln Chafee and Arlen Specter.The slow decline of this ideological overlap has led inexorably to gridlock and dysfunction when one party controls the presidency and the other leads at least one chamber of Congress. There is is simply less to talk about. It’s not like disagreeing about whether to get a Border Collie or a Boston Terrier; it’s like if you want a dog and only a dog and nothing but a dog and your partner despises animals of all kinds.But you would think that this sorting would make for more coherent ideological blocs more capable of making policy when one party controls Congress and the presidency, as Republicans do now. That was surely what Republican voters expected when they woke up triumphant on Nov. 9 last year. But the divide within the Republican Party is proving to be as prob
A computer program that can edit videos of people speaking to realistically make it look like they said something else has been created, raising fears of clips being tampered with online. Researchers at the University of Washington have lip-synced a video of former US president Barack Obama using the program to superimpose new audio onto the clip. The realistic results put words in Obama’s mouth by converting audio sounds into mouth movements and blending them onto an existing video of speech. Paid content The Facility is an underground compound made up of luxury apartmentsDigital Trends Tiny Device to be in 50 Billion Products by 2020 (Read Article)Banyan Hill PublishingRecommended byThe effect could be used in special effects and to improve the quality of video calls, the researchers said. “When you watch Skype or Google Hangouts, often the connection is stuttery and low-resolution and really unpleasant, but the audio is pretty good,” said Steve Seitz, co-author of the research and professor at the University of Washington. “So if you could use the audio to produce much higher-quality video, that would be terrific.” Until now, video lip-syncing involved hours of filming and editing. But the computer program can create a clip with new audio after analysing one hour of speech rather than 14.
This is the moment evangelical leaders laid their hands on Donald Trump’s back as they prayed over him in the Oval Office.Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne led a prayer circle alongside his wife Adonica in the White House and then shared the image on Facebook.President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence can be seen closing their eyes and bowing their heads in the solemn moment. The group were invited to pray with Trump during a meeting with members of The Office of Public Liaison.Others pictured included Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and Michele Bachmann, the former Republican congresswoman from Minnesota.
Mr Howard-Browne, who is from South Africa but came to America in 1987 after a ‘calling from God’, described the moment as ‘surreal’ and ‘humbling’.
He wrote: ‘Yesterday I was asked by Pastor Paula White-Cain to pray over our 45th President – what a humbling moment standing in the Oval Office – laying hands and praying for our President – Supernatural Wisdom, Guidance and Protection – who could ever even imagine – wow – we are going to see another great spiritual awakening.
Mr Howard-Browne’s teachings on the concept of ‘holy laughter’ – an outpouring of joy caused by the Holy Spirit – helped to inspire the Toronto Blessing, which many believe to be an instance of mass blessing which took place in 1994.
Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University, a large evangelical university in Virginia, was also at the meeting.
He told CNN that they used to also pray with Obama, but with Trump it is different.
‘When we are praying for President Trump, we are praying within the context of a real relationship, of true friendship,’ he said.
‘He was also in good spirits,’ Moore said. ‘He was as strong and focused as I have ever seen him. It was as if he was entirely above the fray.’
President Trump put his Christian faith at the front and center of his campaign for the presidency, and made a particular point of appealing to evangelicals.
At dozens of his rallies he proudly read out polls showing strong approval ratings from the evangelical community, and thanked them for their support.
It was Trump’s positioning of himself as a defender of the faith – at one point vowing ‘to protect Christianity’ – that saw him ultimately defeat Ted Cruz to become the Republican nominee.
And this latest image attracted a lot of support on social media.
Writing on the Facebook post, Melinda S. Wiley wrote: ‘Thank you Jesus! Cover Your President Lord! Anoint him and fill him with the Holy Spirit for Your will to be done! Hallelujah! Thank you Abba!’
Tammie Rogers added: ‘Praise God fill him Jesus with your spirit keep your hands on him. It’s time we have a president that puts America first and belief in the almighty God the one one that can change everything.
‘Thank you pastors and for obeying God and surrounding our President with all your prayers, and thank you President Trump for allowing them to pray for you.
‘I get goose bumps thinking what God is going to do.’
But not everyone was convinced by the show of faith. Kenneth Averell said: ‘Lord help us all. How anyone sees Trump as the savior of the evangelicals is beyond me.
‘Doesn’t have a Christian bone in his body. Doesn’t attend church. Multiple divorces. Adultery. Literally about every single commandment he’s broken.
‘We’re all sinners, but c’mon, the evangelical right is choosing this guy to lead their ‘spiritual awakening’?’
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PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities evacuated nearly 2,800 migrants Friday from ever-expanding makeshift street camps in the French capital, as Europe contends with an upsurge in new arrivals crossing the Mediterranean.In heavy summer heat, groups of primarily African men and a few families lined up to board buses with a mixture of relief and apprehension. “We Need Dignity” read a handwritten sign next to a mattress stretched across cobblestones and surrounded by litter.The migrants in the La Chapelle neighborhood on Paris’ northern edge were taken to temporary shelters in the Paris region where they will be given medical checkups and guidance, police said. City Hall says it is the 34th such operation in the past two years.Tents, sleeping bags and rudimentary cardboard structures housing migrants have sprung up on sidewalks and boulevards in the area, angering some residents even as others come to offer food and blankets.City authorities estimate that dozens of people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East pour in daily to Paris. Many continue on to the port of Calais to try to cross to Britain, but many stay in Paris in hopes of finding unofficial work or to seek asylum.Such unauthorized camps “present serious risks for the security and health of their occupants as well as neighborhood residents,” Paris police said in a statement.About 350 police and 100 other officials and aid workers took part in Friday’s operation. Police said the migrants will be given “proposals for orientation” to other sites scattered around France where they can try to seek legal paths to residency. Some may eventually be deported.Arrivals have grown this summer around Europe, notably as more people are taking the risky sea journey from Libya. More than 2,000 have died.Top European officials have tried this week to agree on solutions, notably to help Italy help cope with the tens of thousands of people arriving on its shores.European Council President Donald Tusk called Friday for U.N. sanctions against migrant smugglers illegally taking people to Europe – notably in Libya, where lawlessness has allowed a lucrative trade in smuggling African migrants northward.Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said that would-be migrants should be stopped at the EU’s outer borders and sent back to their homelands after being rescued and given any care needed. Kurz has previously suggested that some NGOs rescuing migrants on the high seas might be in collusion with human smugglers.In France, a farmer has attracted nationwide attention with a video appearing to show police forcing underage migrants to go back to Italy. The national human rights watchdog urged the interior minister Friday to investigate the situation.President Emmanuel Macron’s government is expected to announce new measures to cope with the migrant crisis next week.A center opened last year in northern Paris to help asylum seekers has provided temporary shelter for 12,000 people but is not large enough to care for everyone.
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Vatican police have broken up a gay orgy at the home of the secretary to one of Pope Francis’s key advisers, it has been reported.The flat belonged to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is in charge of tackling clerical sexual abuse.Reports in Italy claim the occupant of the apartment is allegedly the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.
Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.
The explosive claims were made in the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano.
It is the latest scandal to hit the Vatican and comes after its finance chief Cardinal George Pell was charged with historical sexual offences.
Pell has protested his innocence and said he was looking forward to having his day in court after a two-year investigation, ‘leaks to the media’ and ‘relentless character assassination’. Police have not revealed details of the charges against the 76-year-old, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.
In March the Vatican was hit with a wave of lurid accusations of misbehaving priests across Italy with scandals involving orgies, prostitution and porn videos.
The claims were embarrassing to the Vatican, which under Pope Francis has attempted to demand high standards of the clergy.
Francis has tried to clamp down on unethical behaviour ever since being made Pope in 2013 and has often spoken out against the pitfalls of ‘temptation’.
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President Trump has a new target in his war of words with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski: their NBC bosses.“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” Trump tweeted at 9:20 am Saturday.It’s the latest salvo in the battle between Trump and the cable television hosts, which erupted Thursday when Trump tweeted about the pair.“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” Trump tweeted Thursday.The social media sniping with the “Morning Joe” anchors sparked bipartisan criticism, and Brzezinski fired back by posting a picture of a cereal ad about ‘little hands.’
Trump began his Saturday morning online with a tweet of support for cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren, who was fired from MSNBC Thursday.
“Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’” President Trump tweeted at 8:59 a.m.
The former Fox News host’s MSNBC show lasted just six months. AdWeek reported she had the No. 30-rated cable news show. Her main competition at 6 p.m., Fox Newser Bret Baier, ranks No. 5.
The Tweeter-in-Chief also took a slam at CNN in his Saturday-morning tweet storm.
“I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!” he wrote at 9:12 am Saturday.
The embattled network was forced to retract a story about the Russian scandal last week, prompting three staffers to resign.
CANNES — CNN boss Jeff Zucker says despite Donald Trump’s war on the network and what the president says is “fake news,” he is certain that CNN maintains the trust of its viewers, as it extends into digital brands to attract a younger audience.Speaking at Cannes Lions, he said, “CNN has been around for 37 years, our trustworthiness today is the same as it was a year ago, before people in high offices started questioning it. We know that through our own brand research. Just because somebody says you are not trustworthy, that doesn’t mean it is so … CNN’s brand equity is built over 37 years doing hard work in very dangerous places … those who rely on CNN trust CNN more than ever.”He appeared on a panel with YouTube star Casey Neistat, who attracts nearly 6 million viewers a day and who just signed a deal to produce an original video brand and a daily news show for CNN. The network, which acquired Neistat’s mobile video sharing app Beme for a reported $25 million earlier this year, is banking on Neistat’s appeal to entice millennials to tune in.Zucker said, “The world has changed — we can all get news 24/7 from any device, any outlet … but we want to tell different stories in different ways, and add to the news. We are not going to attract new viewers by just feeding CNN onto different platforms.“Everybody has an iPhone, everyone can be a reporter now. Everybody can tell a story from every part of the world. Why places like CNN matter is that it is still important to bring them together, put context around it and explain it.”He added that CNN and other media organizations need personalities like Neistat: “The way that CNN would traditionally tell a story is so different from the way Casey and Beme would tell a story, both are incredibly valuable, both will find their audiences, and that is what I think the new CNN is about, being a multi-platform company that reaches many different audience members on many different platforms.”Talking about Neistat’s appeal to CNN, he noted, “He does great work, he has a huge following and he can reach a different market that CNN never could.“We have hundreds and hundreds of reporters and people who can tell video stories and stand there with a microphone and a trench coat and tell a story, but we don’t have Casey.“I think that’s what is missing, not just from CNN, but all the legacy television news broadcasters who think it’s enough to take a video report and put it on a platform where young people go. It just doesn’t work.”
Let’s call this one “‘F***!’ news.”We’re told CNN flew into a panic on Friday after it accidentally aired a fake National Enquirer cover during Jake Tapper’s broadcast.Tapper did a segment on his “The Lead” show about Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s claim that Donald Trump tried to blackmail them with a hit piece in the National Enquirer.During the piece, it showed a cover from the tabloid, which seemed to be about a scandal involving GOP senator Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz.Unfortunately, the cover is — literally — fake news.The cover — which has the headline “Heidi Cruz: Betrayed by Cheating Husband!” and promised details on a “sordid threesome, sleazy love letters and sensational photo proof — has never appeared on the National Enquirer, according to sources at the magazine.It seems that it may have been created as clickbait.
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Almost as soon as Donald Trump was inaugurated president, the hosts on MSNBC’s Morning Joe began pushing a narrative that the president could very well be criminally insane. The president, whom these hosts regularly remind viewers is tasked with overseeing America’s nuclear arsenal, is mentally “unbalanced,” “unhinged,” and obviously suffers from “mental illness.” “He keeps getting worse,” Dr. Joe Scarborough said. “Mentally, he keeps getting worse. This is a man in decline.” “There’s an unwritten rule in
Mark Zuckerberg has claimed Facebook is “the new church” and the social network can take on the role that religion once did in giving people a sense of community.The billionaire boss said groups on Facebook could give people a sense they are part of “something bigger than ourselves” akin to a religious congregation.Facebook passed 2 billion users this week — meaning almost one in three of the global population are signed up.And its founder said people could find “purpose and support” online that previous generations found by going to church.Zuckerberg has recently been pushing the idea of communities as Facebook’s new mission and last week said it would be the company’s focus from now on.In a speech in Chicago, he said only 100 million Facebook users are part of what he called a “meaningful community.”This meant they were part of a group on Facebook that involved regular interactions with other people.Zuckerberg said he wanted the 100 million figure to rise to 1 billion.He said: “If we can do this, it will not only turn around the whole decline in community membership we’ve seen for decades, it will start to strengthen our social fabric and bring the world closer together.”“As I’ve traveled around and learned about different places, one theme is clear: Every great community has great leaders. Think about it. A church doesn’t just come together. It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation, makes sure they have food and shelter.”“Leaders set the culture, inspire us, give us a safety net, and look out for us.”Zuckerberg has denied he has ambitions to run for president, but he recently went on a week-long listening tour of America that looked like a political campaign.In a recent interview with CNN, he said connecting people is not enough and that Facebook has a responsibility to manage its communities.