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Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it was part of an effort to fly 175 Afghan citizens out of Afghanistan to Mexico, including some of its own employees, according to a statement provided to Axios.

Details: The tech giant said that in an effort to get some of its employees out of the country, it joined with a group that it declined to name that is working to help journalists in Afghanistan leave the country as the Taliban assumes control.

"In the process of assisting Facebook employees and close partners leave Afghanistan, we joined an effort to help a group of journalists and their families who were in grave danger. Thanks to the leadership of the Mexican government, and the support of the UAE in providing the initial landing, the journalists have been welcomed in Mexico.”
— Facebook spokesperson

The Mexican government released a statement Wednesday confirming that a group of 175 Afghan citizens arrived at the Mexico City International Airport that was "made up of social media workers, activists and independent journalists and their families, including 75 children."

  • "The group arrived on the first Egypt Air flight to ever land in Mexico, thanks to the work done by Mexico's embassies in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, with the invaluable assistance of the government of Egypt," the statement said.

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Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook is offering a mix of responses — some defiant, others conciliatory — in the wake of a weeklong Wall Street Journal series revealing critical internal reports about harms created by its products.

Between the lines: Facebook is looking to defend itself against the specific criticisms without further antagonizing regulators and legislators who already view the company as brazen and dangerous.

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Sep 19, 2021 - Technology

Axios interview: Facebook to try for more transparency

Nick Clegg last year. Photo: Matthew Sobocinski/USA Today via Reuters

Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, tells me the company will try to provide more data to outside researchers to scrutinize the health of activity on Facebook and Instagram, following The Wall Street Journal's brutal look at internal documents.

Driving the news: Clegg didn't say that in his public response to the series. So I called him to push for what Facebook will actually do differently given the new dangers raised by The Journal.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has been reelected in the national election, the CBC and CTV News projected on Monday night.

Yes, but: "It's still too early to say whether it will be a minority or majority government," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

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