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Facebook playing with fire in D.C.

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Mark Zuckerberg survived questions about Russia's election-meddling largely unscathed. But the N.Y. Times' revelation that Facebook knowingly granted four Chinese electronics companies (including Huawei, which U.S. intelligence officials see as a potential national security threat) access to Americans’ data — and didn't bother to tell Congress about it — has Washington fuming again. 

Why it matters: Facebook's business depends on trust — both from users, who give up their data, and from Washington, with Big Tech hoping for a light touch on regulation. The new discoveries pose a risk to both.