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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."

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Scoop: More boycotts coming for Facebook

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Leaders of the Stop Hate For Profit social media boycott group are discussing whether to organize another campaign against Facebook in light of an explosive investigative series from the Wall Street Journal, Common Sense CEO Jim Steyer tells Axios.

The intrigue: Sources tell Axios that another group, separate from the Stop Hate For Profit organization, is expected to launch its own ad boycott campaign this week.

Senate eyes tech firms' data troves

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Lawmakers mulling how to tighten antitrust laws' reins over online platforms will grill Google and Facebook Tuesday about a key asset in the digital age: data.

Why it matters: The intersection of data collection and competition policy is a particularly vulnerable point for the tech giants, whose power comes from amassing troves of information about users.

Sep 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Netanyahu mocks Biden about debunked falling asleep video

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Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu mocked President Biden's physical appearance during a Facebook live session with supporters on Sunday and imitated him falling asleep.

Why it matters: This is an unprecedented move by Netanyahu who just a few months ago was still the prime minister and is trying to make a political comeback.