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Photo: Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images

Facebook is resuming contributions through its political action committee, but not for any lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 U.S. election, according to an internal company letter obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Facebook was one several major companies that froze political spending after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

What they're saying: "While a contribution to a candidate for office does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate may espouse, we believe this decision is appropriate given the unprecedented events in January," Brian Rice, a public policy director at Facebook, said in a letter to employees.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Ina Fried: The companies who plan to keep withholding donations may say so publicly. The key will be which companies quietly resume donations.

The big picture: Facebook's announcement means the company will not make political contributions to eight U.S. senators — including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley — and 139 House members.

  • All are Republican.

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May 27, 2021 - World

Russia crackdown puts internet giants in bind

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Russia has been putting the screws to Twitter, Facebook and Google to follow newly crafted content restrictions, testing the degree to which the tech giants will bend to the country's will.

Why it matters: The companies have significant business reasons to appease repressive governments like Russia's, but the world is watching. Concessions made to one country one day risk encouraging other countries to make their own demands.

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The new faces of NBC's Olympics coverage

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A new(ish) face will be leading NBCUniversal's prime-time coverage of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games: veteran sportscaster Mike Tirico.

Why it matters: It's Tirico's first run as prime-time host for the Summer Olympics. Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas hosted 12 Olympic Games between 1988 and 2016 for NBC before handing over the prime-time spot to Tirico in 2018.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Sports

Behind the scenes at the COVID Olympics

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TOKYO — The COVID rule-breaking was obvious at Friday's opening ceremony, when athletes were clearly visible on TV with masks below their noses, but an athlete tells Axios that the rule-breaking has been going on well before that.

  • It's been happening at least since athletes arrived in the Olympic Village, where masks were dropped below noses and different teams were forced to share buses.

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