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Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, told ABC's "This Week" that the company's oversight board is a solution where elected officials have abdicated.

Driving the news: Clegg defended the platform's two-year suspension of former President Donald Trump, after recent criticism from Trump about the company's right to censor or silence free speech.

  • Asked to address calls to break up Facebook to diminish the company's power over public political speech, Clegg said, "My own view, for what it's worth, is the answer is not break up — the answer is regulation."
  • "American democracy does not belong to Silicon Valley, it belongs to the American people and the people who should set the rules for how American democracy plays out," he added.
  • Clegg clarified that the company's new policies on public figures regulate the incitement of violence, not lies.
"In the absence of regulation, in the absence of consensus from lawmakers on where we should draw the line, we have tried our best. ... [I]t's the first of its kind anywhere. No other Silicon Valley company has done this — this independent oversight board to hold us to independent account.
But all of that, I agree, is an inadequate surrogate for what in the long run we need, which is societal rules set by democratic process — by lawmakers, not by private companies."
— Nick Clegg

Go deeper: Facebook sets Trump ban at two years in response to Oversight Board ruling

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Facebook pleases no one with Trump decision

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Facebook's decision to ban former President Trump for another two years is drawing ire from both sides of the aisle, showing that the tech giant can't please anyone until the former president is either permanently banned or allowed back on the platform.

Why it matters: These decisions will only become more polarizing as platforms reckon with free speech issues from world leaders around the world.

Updated 54 mins ago - Science

NTSB probes crash that killed 10 in Alabama as storm lashes Southeast

Flash-flooding in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's investigating a fiery multi-vehicle weekend crash in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children, as storms swept the Southeast.

The big picture: Saturday's crash on Interstate 65, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and spawned tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes," per AP.

Laurel Hubbard to become 1st openly trans athlete to compete at Olympics

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, when she became the first openly transgender athlete to represent NZ. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that Laurel Hubbard has been selected for the women's weightlifting team for the Tokyo Games — making her the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the event.

The big picture: Hubbard, 43, is part of a five-member Kiwi weightlifting team and will compete in the women's super heavyweight category. Meanwhile, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe will become the first openly trans athlete to travel to the Olympics with Team USA, when she arrives in Tokyo as a reserve rider.