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Facebook is offering a mix of responses — some defiant, others conciliatory — in the wake of a weeklong Wall Street Journal series revealing critical internal reports about harms created by its products.

Between the lines: Facebook is looking to defend itself against the specific criticisms without further antagonizing regulators and legislators who already view the company as brazen and dangerous.

Driving the news:

  • Top Facebook public affairs executive Nick Clegg Saturday published a post, "What the Wall Street Journal Got Wrong, " maintaining that the articles "deliberately mischaracterize" Facebook's actions and attribute false motivations for them.
  • However, in an interview with Axios' Mike Allen, Clegg sounded a less hostile note, expressing a desire to share more data with researchers. "We're not yet in the kind of sustainable, sensible place as far as how we make Facebook data available to external researchers," Clegg said in the interview.

Yes, but: Facebook has often pledged to share more data and then fallen short. Just this past week, Facebook acknowledged that data it shared with researchers studying U.S. elections and democracy represented only a portion of U.S. users rather than all of them, as it had represented.

Between the lines: Facebook continues to take the position that the media is the problem and has treated the company unfairly. "What would be really worrisome is if Facebook didn't do this sort of research in the first place," Clegg argues in his post.

Our thought bubble: It's not like Facebook shared the research and explained why it hasn't taken stronger action. Indeed, the public wouldn't even know about most of this research if not for the Journal series.

Go deeper: The limits to Facebook's transparency

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*Hudson resigned from the Mississippi House effective Aug. 30. Data: Quorum; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Of the top 15 most active state legislators on Twitter and Facebook this year, four come from Pennsylvania, and Rep. Anna Eskamani (D-Fla.) made both lists, according to data from Quorum.

Why it matters: As Donald Trump showed, social media has become increasingly important for politicians at all levels to raise their profile and communicate directly with voters.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.