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Facebook VP Elliot Schrage, speaking at DLD 18 in Munich. (Photo: Ina Fried / Axios)

Facebook's top policy executive said Sunday that the company's move to let users decide which media is credible is a better option than Facebook itself deciding or turning it over to a panel of experts.

Why it matters: Facebook has been under fire for its role in the propagation of fake news and propaganda.

VP Elliot Schrage said that Facebook itself shouldn't be the one to decide which news to promote and said that, in a polarized world, turning things over to any third party simply “Invites criticism who that body of experts is.”

He promised that Facebook won't let people self-select into its survey of trusted media and that it will be statistically representative.

Responding to criticism, Schrage acknowledged that the company has spent too much in recent years on building new features and not enough in protecting the existing ones from abuse.

Schrage echoed CEO Mark Zuckerberg in saying that the company needs to do more when it comes to both removing hate speech and defending the service from being a tool for foreign interference in elections.

"We have not served that mission so well in either our explanations or our investments," VP Elliot Schrage said on Sunday, speaking at the DLD conference in Munich.

Specifically, Schrage pointed to three areas where the company is taking steps to do better.

  • preventing and quickly removing hate speech
  • preventing foreign interference in domestic affairs, especially elections
  • making sure that people who use the site find it to be "time well spent."

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Why it matters: The current backup is yet another sign of a brewing crisis for President Biden — and a worsening dilemma for these vulnerable children. Biden is finding it's easier to talk about preventing warehousing kids at the southern border than solving the problem.

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Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer.

Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely considered a potential 2024 presidential contender. His professional moves this week indicate he's working to keep his name in the headlines and bolster a political brand built largely on foreign policies easily contrasted with the Biden White House.