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The Facebook booth in Davos. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook is building new operations centers and programs around the world that will focus on election integrity and help fight fake news and voter suppression.

Why it matters: The company has not been able to get ahead of constant abuses on its platforms to manipulate elections, drawing ire from regulators that are already wary that the platform is too big to manage itself. 

Facebook says in a blog post this morning that it is ramping up investment in election security around the world, adding fact-checking programs and artificial intelligence, and changing policies.

  • It will launch election transparency tools in India and Ukraine ahead of elections there.
  • It will provide more resources for rapid response in elections in Europe and Asia. 
  • It will set up two new regional operations centers focused on election integrity in its Dublin and Singapore offices.

Despite those efforts, huge problems on Facebook's platform impacting elections still exist:

  • Misinformation was used as a political weapon amid a genocide in Myanmar. 
  • WhatsApp fuels numerous incidents of violence in India due to fake news. 

The bottom line: Facebook is trying to get ahead of a big problem that it knows will only get worse in 2019. 

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Capitol repairs, security top $30M since Jan. 6 attacks

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The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton on Wednesday said that repairs and security expenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection have already cost more than $30 million.

The state of play: Congressional appropriations committees have allocated the $30 million for repairs and perimeter fencing around the Capitol building through March 31, per NPR.

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White House stands by imperiled Tanden nomination after Senate panel postpones hearing

Neera Tanden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

The latest: Asked Wednesday afternoon whether Tanden has offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki told reporters, "That’s not the stage we’re in." She noted that it's a "numbers game" and a "matter of getting one Republican" to support the nomination.

Acting Capitol Police chief: Officers were unsure of lethal force rules on Jan. 6

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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