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Facebook says its release of quarterly data about the most popular content on its platform shows it's being more transparent, while critics complained that the information is selective and incomplete.

Driving the news: The White House blasted Facebook, with spokesman Michael Gwin telling Axios, "Facebook still refuses to be straightforward about how much misinformation is circulating — and being actively promoted — on their platform."

What's happening: Facebook on Wednesday released a new report on the most-widely viewed content.

  • However, critics said the report focused narrowly on publicly shared posts and was cherry-picked to hide the prominence of misinformation and hyper-partisan content on the site.

The big picture: Facebook is gigantic, everyone sees a different News Feed, and only the company has all the data on what posts users are seeing.

Between the lines: The debate grew more heated after the New York Times reported that Facebook held back a version of the report last quarter. That report showed a potentially misleading mainstream article on COVID-19 vaccination was among the most viewed items.

  • Over the weekend, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone acknowledged the criticism, defended the company's move and also posted the report online.
  • "We're guilty of cleaning up our house a bit before we invited company," Stone wrote on Twitter. "We've been criticized for that; and again, that's not unfair."

Go deeper: Facebook's "see no evil" strategy

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For CEOs, social media has lost its fun

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

CEO Jack Dorsey's departure from Twitter shows that, in Silicon Valley today, social media is becoming a field to flee.

Why it matters: Coming on the heels of Facebook's name change and new metaverse focus, Dorsey's resignation is another sign that the industry now views the massive social networks it built over the last two decades as buggy "legacy applications" mired in annoying social problems.

The lawmakers playing up infrastructure the most

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Data: Quorum; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Both of the Democrats' vulnerable Arizona senators have been some of the most active lawmakers in hyping "infrastructure" in their press releases, newsletters, tweets and Facebook posts.

Why it matters: Democrats are hopeful their successes on roads, bridges — and, possibly, expanding the social safety net — will lessen losses they're expecting in the 2022 midterms. The social media activity has been tracked since President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package into law.

Updated 23 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring hazards ranging from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow, to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.