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Facebook removes Britain First for hate speech

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Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen. Photo: Andrew Aitchison / In pictures via Getty Images

Facebook announced that it has removed the pages of the far-right ultranationalist group Britain First and its leaders, Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, after they repeatedly violated the company's policies against hate speech. The group was thrust into the international spotlight in November, when President Trump retweeted anti-Islam hate videos from Fransen's Twitter account.

Why it matters: As Big Tech faces increasingly tough scrutiny for its role in spreading fake and damaging information, platforms have begun cracking down on questionable or offensive groups. YouTube announced today that it would act against outlets like InfoWars, which promote conspiracy theories. And Facebook came under fire this week from the U.N. for playing a role in the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar by fueling the spread of hateful content.

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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.