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The social network quietly introduced a system to flag news articles in the U.S. as "disputed" when they're suspected falsehoods. The system relies on third-party fact-checkers, like Snopes and Politifact, to evaluate the factual accuracy of articles reported by users. Facebook building such a system is an about-face, since it initially denied having any role in the spread of so-called "fake news" during the U.S. presidential race. Since then, the company has slowly admitted the impact of such articles spreading to its users, and is now taking steps to provide tools to curb this.

Facebook is also testing "reactions" in messages: After expanding its iconic "Like" button a year ago with Reactions, Facebook is reportedly testing a similar feature in its Messenger app. The feature is similar to workplace chat Slack's own "Reactions" feature, which lets users respond to a message with an emoji.

Why it matters: The icons Facebook is said to be testing includes a thumbs-down "Dislike" button—something CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long said that company won't build because it can lead to negative interactions between uses.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 11,691,068 — Total deaths: 540,062 — Total recoveries — 6,349,542Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 p.m. ET: 2,963,244 — Total deaths: 130,813 — Total recoveries: 924,148 — Total tested: 36,225,015Map.
  3. 2020: Biden releases plan to strengthen coronavirus supply chain.
  4. Congress: Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to withdraw from WHO.
  5. Public health: Fauci says it's a "false narrative" to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate.
  6. World: Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive— India reports third-highest case count in the world.
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Fauci: "False narrative" to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate

Anthony Fauci testifies in Washington, D.C., on June 30. Photo: Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images

Anthony Fauci said at an event with Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Tuesday "that it's a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death" from the coronavirus in the U.S., warning: "There’s so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus. Don’t get into false complacency."

The big picture: The mean age of Americans currently being infected by the virus has declined by 15 years compared to where it stood several months ago. This has been one contributing factor in the lower death rate the U.S. has experienced during the recent surge in cases, since "the younger you are, the better you do, and the less likely you're gonna get seriously ill and die," Fauci said.

Trump administration notifies Congress of intent to withdraw from WHO

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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Twitter Tuesday that the Trump administration has informed Congress that the United States is officially beginning the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization.

Why it matters: President Trump's decision to formally withdraw from the UN's global health agency — which will take effect on July 6, 2021 — comes as the pandemic continues to accelerate both in the U.S. and around the world.