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Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Google and Facebook, which together dominate the market for digital ads, will no longer allow bail bonds services, which advocates say prey on vulnerable people, to advertise on their platforms.

Why it matters: From Russian election meddling to discrimination, there's a larger reckoning going on about harms that can come from the sprawling online ad ecosystem. Both companies have banned ads for high-interest payday loans already, as well as ads for cryptocurrency.

The details:

  • Google said it would prohibit ads for bail bonds services as of July, with Global Product Policy Director David Graff citing research that shows "for-profit bail bond providers make most of their revenue from communities of color and low income neighborhoods when they are at their most vulnerable."
  • Facebook said later in the day that it would ban the ads but that details were still being worked out. "Advertising that is predatory doesn't have a place on Facebook," said Vice President of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert in a statement.

Behind the scenes: The Essie Justice Group, which advocates for the end of the money bail system, said it and other civil rights groups had been discussing the issue with Google since last year. "Google’s move to ban bail bonds ads is the most massive divestment any private sector entity has made from the bail industry," the group said in a message to supporters.

Go deeper: Google will work with Koch Industries, owned by conservative donors David and Charles Koch, on an event this week related to reforming the bail system.

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U.S. ahead of pace on vaccines

A health care worker administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Ruleville, Mississippi. Photo: Rory Doyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. is now vaccinating an average of 2 million people a day, up from 1.3 million in early February.

Why it matters: That puts us on track to hit President Biden's goal of 100 million doses a month ahead of schedule.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Harris breaks tie as Senate proceeds with lengthy debate on COVID relief bill

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The Senate on Thursday voted 51-50 — with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie — to proceed to debate on President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely setting up a final vote this weekend.

The state of play: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, a procedural move that will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate.

4 hours ago - World

Netanyahu campaigns against Biden's plan to save Iran deal

Netanyahu campaigns at a gym last month. Photo: Pool/AFP via Getty

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indirectly criticized the Biden administration for its intention to return to the Iran nuclear deal and told his supporters he was prepared to "stand against the entire world" to stop it.

Why it matters: This is a major change of tune for Netanyahu, who had been careful in his statements on the Iran deal and avoided publicly criticizing President Biden. The statement was part of Netanyahu's attempt to rally his base ahead of Israel's election on March 23.