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In the wake of the London terrorist attack, Facebook's Director of Policy Simon Milner told Reuters the company aiming to ensure it doesn't give terrorists easy access to its platform.

  • "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists..."
  • Twitter also said it is expanding the use of technology "as part of a systematic approach to removing this type of content."
  • The statements come after British Prime Minister Teresa May called out internet companies Sunday for providing "the safe space" terrorists ideology "needs to breed."

Why it matters: Internet giants have come under increasing pressure in Europe to censor and take action against violent content and hate speech on their platforms. A recent evaluation found that companies are removing an increasing share of flagged hate speech a year after major platforms agreed to follow a voluntary code of conduct in the European Union.

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Why it matters: Biden’s responses reflect what we could see a lot more of in the next few months — cringeworthy comments and Trump smears, smacking into each other and pulling the Democrat off course.

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The big picture: The prospect of extended court fights over COVID-19-related voting changes, an absentee ballot avalanche, foreign interference and contested presidential results has prompted a hire-all-the-lawyers binge by candidates and campaigns — not just in swing states but around the country.

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Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.