Obama appears on Jimmy Kimmel March 12

Watch: President Obama Discusses Race Relations And Reads 'Mean Tweets' On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

President Barack Obama returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (Mar. 12), to discuss a myriad of topics from his daily activities in the White House to the recent shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Mo.

SEE ALSO: President Obama Delivers Historic Speech On Selma 50th Anniversary

Mr. Obama said the protests that have traveled the nation are necessary given the injustice that's plagued certain communities, but violent acts should be condemned. Read an excerpt of his statement below:

What was beautiful about Selma was reminding ourselves that real social change in this country so often has happened because ordinary people are willing in a non-violent fashion to make their voices heard. What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts. Whoever fired those shots shouldn't detract from the issue. They're criminals, they should be arrested and then what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good spirited people on both sides, law enforcement who have a terrifically tough job, and people who understandably don't want to be stopped and harassed just because of their race that we're able to work together to try to come up with some good answers.

I think I put together a task force after the original Ferguson event had taken place that had police officers, police chiefs and some of the organizers of protests both in Ferguson and in New York, young people. They came up with some terrific recommendations and found that there's a lot of common ground, and what we have to make sure of is that the folks who disregard and disrespect the other side, people who resort to violence that they're marginalized, but they're not the majority.

In the same way that you can't generalize about police officers who do an extraordinarily tough job, overwhemingly they do it professionally, you can't generalize about protestors who it turns out had some very legitimate grievances. The Justice Department reports showed that they were being stopped, African Americans were being stopped disproportionately, mainly so the city could raise money even though these were unjust.

What was happening in Ferguson was you had city government telling the police department that stop more people, we need to raise more money. Folks would get stop, they would get tickets then they'd have to wait in line to pay it, take a day off work, folks would lose their jobs. In some cases they were thrown in jail because they didn't have enough money for fines. And then they'd get fined for that. There was a whole structure there, according to the Justice Department report, that indicated both racism and just a disregard for what law enforcement is supposed to do.

Before, I said this at Selma, it is not unique, but it's also not the norm. We've got to constantly when we're thinking about issues of racial progress, or any kind of issue, recognize that things will get better, but there's still more work to do and we shouldn't be complacent about the very real existence of problems out there, but we shouldn't despair and think nothing has changed. If people are goodwill, which is the overwhelming majority of Americans who are working together, this is a problem we can solve.

SEE ALSO: Barack Obama Talks Race, Ferguson And His Legacy With Journalists Aboard Air Force One

The commander-in-chief later lightened the interview by participating in the show's staple segment titled mean tweets. "How do you make Obama's eyes light up? Shine a flashlight in his ears," the 53-year-old read before he let out a little chuckle.

Check out clips of his appearance below.

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Instagram is putting a limit on the amount of body enhancing products exposed to users under 18.

According to Buzzfeed News, the platform will restrict promotional posts that center around cosmetic surgery and weight loss products for minors. The monumental move was partly inspired by actress and body activist Jameela Jamil who previously called out celebrities like Cardi B and the Kardashian family who promote products like diet detox teas to their very young fans.

"We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media," Instagram's public policy manager, Emma Collins said. She also noted that changes will also take place on Facebook.

Wow that was fast. This Kim Kardashian flat tummy shake post from January is now only accessible if you're logged into Instagram and listed as over-18. pic.twitter.com/67rEv4uqpJ

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Rumors have circulated around updates for some time. Others included the elimination of Instagram's "likes" algorithm.

Users will also have the ability to report any posts that do not follow the latest guidelines, as reported by CBS News. 

In a world that is heavily influenced by social media posts, this looks to be a step in the right direction for body positivity and acceptance. For her influence in the decision, Jamil stated "Facebook and Instagram [are] taking a stand to protect the physical and mental health of people online, sends an important message out to the world.

 

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THIS IS HUGE NEWS. @i_weigh are changing the world together. After a bunch of shouting, screaming, and petitioning... we have managed to get the attention of the people at the top, and they have heard us and want to protect us. And this is just the beginning of our efforts. As of now, if you’re under 18, you will no longer be exposed to any diet/detox products, and for all other ages; all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report. I’ve been working with Instagram all year towards this, who were amazing to deal with, and they expressed that they passionately care about creating a safer space for us all online. This happened so much faster than I expected and I’m so proud and happy and relieved. WELL DONE to the many people who have been working towards this huge change. This is a mass effort. This is an extraordinary win that is going to make a big difference. Influencers have to be more responsible. ❤️

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"I was certain that we were just going to be admitted ... In all of our classes and appointments, they told us that when you're having contractions five minutes apart for a minute long, for one hour, you should come into the hospital," she told ABC News.

Once the couple arrived they were turned away because the soon-to-be mother was only two centimeters dilated. Doctors instructed her to return when she was five centimeters dilated. When the Bienaimes reached home, LeAnn soon felt the head of baby Joachim. "I was just going through my feelings of anxiety and not being able to believe that I'm going through this," she said.

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Naval Medical Center has directly contacted the pair about the incident.

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Speaking to Vanity Fair Wednesday (Sept. 17), Samantha Barbash admitted she enjoyed parts of the film that were inspired by her life, but most of it–like many adaptions of real-life events–was fabricated. Barbash refused to give her film rights to the producers of the film, leaving them to rely on the infamous New York magazine feature for the screenplay.

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Barbash pleaded guilty to conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny and served five years of probation. Keo took a plea deal in exchange for no jail time. The ladies reportedly indulged in the finer things in life with the money like cards and Hermes bags. The women have defended their actions after claiming the clients were beyond degrading in the club.

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“I’m a businesswoman. J. Lo doesn’t work for free. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me," she said. "She had my birthmark that I have. I used to have a piercing on the top of my lip. She had it on the bottom. She had a tattoo on her finger. I had it on my wrist.” But her mannerisms? No. I am nothing like that in person.”

The portrayal of her working relationship with Keo was also inaccurate, Barbash said. Social media posts of them partying together reflect a loving friendship but Barbash insists the film take on Keo (named Destiny and played by Constance Wu) was a lie. “She wasn’t a friend—she was a coworker.… There was no sisterhood—it was business and that’s it,” she said.

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Hustlers proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $33 million in its opening weekend. Lopez has also received critical praise for her performance which could turn into nominations in the awards sector next year.

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