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Facebook to hold emergency employee meeting on Cambridge Analytica

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The Facebook logo is seen displayed on a laptop monitor in this photo illustration. Photo: Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook is holding an emergency company-wide meeting for its employees to ask questions about Cambridge Analytica's data harvesting, reports The Verge. The tech giant is under fire after the New York Times and The Guardian reported that Cambridge Analytica exploited third-party apps on the platform to compile user data in violation of Facebook's terms of service.

Why it matters: This is the first time the company is allowing it's employees to voice their concerns on Cambridge Analytica. And, as Axios' own Sara Fischer tells me, expect Facebook to make it a production:

"The company just had an all-hands when I was out there a few weeks ago. They put hundreds of chairs in the middle of their courtyard with a stage and full AV. They go big in their internal meetings."
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Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump at the White House in March. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In a phone call last year with Bibi Netanyahu, President Trump said something that shocked some of the people who helped prepare his briefing materials for the conversations. According to three sources familiar with the call, Trump asked Bibi bluntly if he actually cares about peace or not.

The details: Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a "deal" for Mideast peace. He'd read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

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Kellyanne Conway rises — again

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Kellyanne Conway has never actually wanted the job of White House communications director, according to sources who've discussed it with her, but Axios has learned that she left many in the White House communications team this week with the impression that she'd be leading the team in some capacity.

Behind the scenes: Senior White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp convened an off-site team-building and planning retreat last week for the White House comms team. They held the session on Thursday at the General Services Administration building a couple blocks from the WH (the same building that once housed the transition).