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Americans have turned to melatonin to soothe pandemic-induced stress. Experts worry high demand, little federal oversight, and insufficient data leave the industry ripe for scams.

Hollis Johnson/Insider American consumers spent $825,559,397 on melatonin supplements in 2020, representing a 42.6% year-over-year increase, according to Nielsen. Industry analysts expect the melatonin market to continue to grow, but a lack of federal oversight of supplements and sparse research into melatonin's long-term effects may harm consumers. As more sellers look to cash in on the melatonin hype, doctors ask Americans to use caution when shopping. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
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Meet the social media detectives who are trawling through a sea of online footage to help identify the US Capitol insurrectionists

A pro-Trump protester takes a photo of other protesters who climbed a media platform after breaking through barriers onto the grounds of the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jon Cherry/Getty Images Thousands of people on social media have taken it upon themselves to help authorities identify some of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week. Using publicly available photos, videos, social media accounts, several analysts and civilians have been success...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Washington Dc, News UK, New Zealand, Air Force, Biden, Baker, US Air Force, Trump, Reeves


House Democrats call for accountability while Republicans call for unity and rail against 'cancel culture' in impeachment debate

Reuters The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for the "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol siege. During the House debate, Democrats argued Trump must be held accountable for provoking the violent mob, while Republicans called for "unity and healing" and defended the president's rhetoric and election lies.  Trump is the first president in American history to be impeached twice. His impeachment is also the most bipartis...
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House members engage in a fiery debate over impeaching Trump for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol

Reuters The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for the "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol siege. During the House debate, Democrats argued Trump must be held accountable for provoking the violent mob, while Republicans called for "unity and healing" and defended the president's rhetoric and election lies.  Trump is the first president in American history to be impeached twice. His impeachment is also the most bipartis...
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The House prepares to impeach the president after a fiery debate and as Trump is more isolated than ever

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
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Democratic Rep. Cori Bush makes a fiery speech calling to impeach 'the white supremacist in chief'

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
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LIVE: House minority leader Kevin McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility' for the Capitol siege and shoots down antifa conspiracy theories

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
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LIVE: Rep. Cedric Richmond says some Republicans are 'co-conspirators' in the insurrection and tells them to 'man up, woman up,' and defend the Constitution

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
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Twitter, PayPal, and Venmo ban Ali Alexander, who organized DC's 'Stop the Steal' rally where Trump incited the Capitol riot

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Crowds gather outside the U.S. Capitol for the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Ali Alexander, an organizer of the "Stop the Steal" rally that led to a riot in the Capitol building th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Twitter, Politics, News, Instagram, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Paypal, Washington Dc, Dc, Biden, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Venmo


Twitter is warning of more DC violence as tech giants move to suspend Trump and calls for the president's removal grow

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider from Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.Read on for a breakdown of the biggest stories of the past week, the inside track on a COVID vaccine loophole, and insight into Instagram's mysterious algorithm. Read time: 5 minutes.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images Hello!It's hard to find words to describe the past week.I watched with horror as pro-Trump supporte...
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Michelle Obama tears into pro-Trump rioters for carrying out 'the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president' who 'can't handle the truth of his own failures'

Michelle Obama. AP Former first lady Michelle Obama released a searing statement Thursday ripping into President Donald Trump's "violent" supporters for laying siege to the US Capitol on Wednesday. "Like all of you, I watched as a gang — organized, violent, and mad they'd lost an election — laid siege to the United States Capitol," Obama said in a statement. The day was "a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures," s...
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Maga v BLM: how police handled the Capitol mob and George Floyd activists – in pictures

Wednesday saw a thin deployment of officers as rioters stormed the Capitol. In June, a very different scene unfolded in the same cityThe contrast between the law enforcement reaction to the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday and the suppression of peaceful protests in the summer is not just stark – it is black and white.The Black Lives Matter demonstrators crowd outside the White House on 1 June was a block away from the building and made no attempt to breach its security. It was a mostly Blac...
Tags: Photography, Protest, Washington, White House, US news, US policing, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, BLM, Capitol, US Park, Maga, George Floyd


A timeline of how Trump in his final hours incited his followers to storm the Capitol and attempt a coup

US President Donald Trump leaves after a Hispanic Heritage Month event in the East Room of the White House October 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. - President Trump invited over 200 Hispanic business, community, and faith leaders, and guests from across the country to join in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump incited his supporters to "stop the steal" at a "Save America" rally on Wednesday, encouraging them to object to th...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Congress, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Getty Images, Gop, Washington Dc, House, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Biden


A timeline of how Trump in his final weeks incited his followers to storm the Capitol and attempt a coup

US President Donald Trump leaves after a Hispanic Heritage Month event in the East Room of the White House October 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. - President Trump invited over 200 Hispanic business, community, and faith leaders, and guests from across the country to join in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump incited his supporters to "stop the steal" at a "Save America" rally on Wednesday, encouraging them to object to th...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Congress, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Gop, Washington Dc, House, Ted Cruz, Biden, Times, Donald Trump


A year of the pandemic, in 26 photos

A man looks out of the window of his home during the coronavirus pandemic. Deliris/Shutterstock It's been almost a year since the Chinese government first notified the World Health Organization about the novel coronavirus. Since then, more than 78 million people have contracted COVID-19, and more than 1.7 million have died. Here are some of the most striking photos of the pandemic's impact so far. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Almost a year ago, on December 31, 2019, ...
Tags: Health, Photos, UK, England, New York, Texas, Science, News, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, White House, China, India, New York City, US, San Francisco


Google faces its 3rd major antitrust lawsuit as Texas and other states take the company to court over its ad practices

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Justin Sullivan /Getty Images A coalition of states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google over the company's ad practices on Wednesday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a Facebook post that Google "used its monopolistic powers to control pricing" and "engage in market collusions to rig auctions" for online ad sales. The Department of Justice brought an antitrust case against Google in October, and a separate group of states plans to file a lawsuit as ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Texas, News, Enterprise, Instagram, Colorado, California, US, Trends, Markets, Washington Dc, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Nebraska


Google faces its third major antitrust lawsuit as Texas and other states take the company to court over its ad practices

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai Justin Sullivan /Getty Images A coalition of states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google over the company's ad practices on Wednesday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a Facebook post that Google "used its monopolistic powers to control pricing" and "engage in market collusions to rig auctions" for online ad sales. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an antitrust case brought against Google by the DOJ in October, and another one that a separate gr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Texas, News, Enterprise, Instagram, Colorado, California, US, Trends, Markets, Washington Dc, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Nebraska


Google is reportedly about to get hit this week with a second major antitrust lawsuit - this time from states accusing the company of designing its search engine to hurt rivals

CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach A bipartisan group of state attorneys general is planning to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google this week, Politico reported on Tuesday evening. The suit is expected to accuse Google of designing its search engine to favor its own specialized search products over the specialized search tools of competitors, according to Politico. This latest legal challenge follows a rece...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Enterprise, Instagram, Colorado, California, Politico, US, San Francisco, Trends, Markets, Washington Dc, Arizona


The FTC is ordering Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and 6 other tech firms to share how they collect, track, and use online consumer data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington DC on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP The US Federal Trade Commission is ordering Amazon, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Discord, ByteDance, Reddit, Snap, and Twitter to show the agency how they collect and use people's personal information online. The order is inquiring into how the firms track data and target online ads to consumers, whether they use algorithms to handle personal information, and how their online practices affect kids and teens. T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, News, Media, Instagram, Youtube, China, US, Trends, Eu, Washington Dc, Doj, User Privacy


Experts say the antitrust suits against Facebook may not change anything, but they're still a 'big deal' and signal that the US government will no longer look the other way

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington DC on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook was slammed with two antitrust lawsuits this week — one from the FTC and one from a group of 48 attorneys general — that take aim at the company's practices of stifling market competition. They also seek to force Facebook's spin-off of WhatsApp and Instagram, but experts told Business Insider that that's unlikely to happen, and the suits will likely stretch out for years. What the lawsuits really repr...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Analysis, Washington Dc, House, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Carnegie Mellon


Facebook was just hit with 2 big antitrust lawsuits. Here's what 'antitrust' means and how 'trust-busting' laws attempt to keep the biggest firms in US history from growing too powerful.

An 1889 political cartoon. Nawrocki/ClassicStock/Getty Images Antitrust laws were created to keep the big conglomerates, or trusts, that were forming across oil, railroad, steel, and other sectors in the late 1800s and early 1900s from growing too large and powerful. Now, regulators are coming after 21st-century big tech — the Federal Trade Commission and a group of 48 attorneys general filed two separate antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday. The lawsuits could lead to Facebook...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, US, Trends, Strategy, Tech, ExxonMobil, Reagan


Ivanka Trump is accused of letting her father's inauguration committee overpay a Trump hotel. Now she's calling the investigation 'a waste of taxpayer dollars.'

Ivanka Trump. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Ivanka Trump responded to news that she had been deposed on Tuesday in connection to a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump's inauguration committee of misusing its funds. The suit, filed by the Washington, DC, attorney general in January, said that Ivanka knew the committee had paid more than twice the market rate to book event space at a Trump-owned hotel. Typically, part of the presidents' inauguration committee funds comes from priv...
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Ivanka Trump gave a deposition in a lawsuit accusing the Trump Organization of misusing the president's inauguration funds, and Melania's ex-friend is next

Ivanka Trump. Alex Wong/Getty Images Ivanka Trump was deposed by Washington, DC investigators on Tuesday in connection to a lawsuit on alleged misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing.  The lawsuit in question was filed by the Washington, DC District Attorney's office in January 2020. It alleges that the Presidential Inaugural Committee enriched the Trump Organization by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in DC for President Donald Trump's inauguration events in ...
Tags: Politics, New York, White House, New York City, Trends, Getty Images, Washington Dc, Vogue, News UK, Hotel, Fox News, The New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Gates


Quibi's investors want their money back

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 23. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Quibi's investors want their money back, Facebook's Carolyn Everson talks about the recent advertiser boycott, and GroupM global CEO Christian Juhl makes the case for a new ad model. Still from "Chrissy's Court" on Quibi...
Tags: Facebook, Shonda Rhimes, Instagram, Abc, Washington, Trends, Netflix, Gop, Washington Dc, Trump, Groupm, Chrissy, Ashley Rodriguez, Everson, Jared Kushner, Rokt


Athletes, priests and presidents: 10 public figures who didn't take the coronavirus seriously and then got infected themselves

President Trump holds a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Winston-Salem, NC United States on September 8, 2020 Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. Trump is the biggest name in a lineup of political figures, athletes, and celebrities who didn't take the COVID-19 pandemic threat seriously, refused to wear face masks, or publicly joked about the virus. But despite dismissi...
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Athletes, priests and politicians: 9 public figures who didn't take the coronavirus seriously and then got infected themselves

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his protective face mask at a press statement during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil, March 20, 2020. Picture taken March 20, 2020. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters Some political figures, athletes, and celebrities didn't take the COVID-19 pandemic threat seriously, refusing to wear face masks or publicly joked about the virus. But despite dismissing claims about the threat of the virus, they ended up getting it themselv...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Instagram, Nbc, Washington Post, Cbs News, Denver Nuggets, Trends, Features, Britain, Gop, Washington Dc, House, Paris, News UK


Instagram 'micro' and 'nano' influencers have become a powerful force for marketers, but data suggests only a small fraction of them are doing brand deals

New data from Socialbakers, a social-media marketing company, suggests that "micro" (10,000 to 50,000 followers) and "nano" (under 10,000 followers) influencers make up the majority of brand collaborations on Instagram. Together, they consisted of around 70% of brand collaborations in 2020 as of July, Socialbakers found. Still, only a small fraction of micro and nano influencers overall used #ad or other tags indicating a post was sponsored in the first quarter of 2020. This suggests there are...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Washington Dc, Linqia, Socialbakers, Instagram Stories, Brittney Turner, Instagram Socialbakers


Short-form video app Triller has recruited influencers from the TikTok collective Sway LA to live in its 2 new content houses

The short-form video app Triller has opened up two new creator houses in Los Angeles. The house's first residents are members of the TikTok creator collective Sway LA. Three of its tenants — Josh Richards, Noah Beck, and Griffin Johnson — have direct ties to Triller as investors and advisors. Triller said it's going back-and-forth on names for its creator houses, but "Trill" house and "Ill" house are early contenders. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Short-form video app T...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, La, China, US, Beck, Los Angeles, Trends, Washington Dc, Johnson, Dubsmash, Gray, Josh, Bel Air, Richards, Josh Johnson


An Instagram influencer with 170,000 followers reveals how much money she makes for a sponsored post

Many social-media influencers earn money online by promoting products to their followers on Instagram. Katy Bellotte, a YouTube creator and Instagram influencer, broke down how much she earns per sponsored Instagram post.  Bellotte said rates varied based on what the brand is looking for and that, on average, she earns between $2,400 and $5,000 for a sponsored Instagram post.  Subscribe to Business Insider's influencer newsletter: Influencer Dashboard. Katy Bellotte began her influencer caree...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Washington Dc, Instagram Story, Katy Bellotte, Matter Media Group, Bellotte, YouTube Bellotte


Marketers warily continue to spend on TikTok but some are building escape clauses into their contracts because of the political uncertainty

With a Microsoft deal for TikTok in the offing, marketers are still planning ad campaigns for TikTok but amending contracts so they can move spend to another social platform if needed. After announcing plans to ban TikTok in the US, the Trump administration is allowing Microsoft to bid on its US operations. It's unclear how TikTok would fit into Microsoft's advertising sales business, since Microsoft has largely abandoned its ad business and has had a bumpy history selling search and Xbox plac...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Linkedin, Washington Dc, Aol, Mavrck, Trump, Groupm, Stevens, Google Microsoft, Brian Wieser



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