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Thibault Camus / AP

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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Democrats' billionaires tax explained

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There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

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Scoop: Blinken protests Israel settlements approval in "tense" phone call

Benny Gantz (L) and Tony Blinken. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Secretary of State Tony Blinken protested the decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a tense phone call on Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time new construction in the settlements has been approved since President Biden assumed office, and the Biden administration had been privately pressing the Israeli government not to proceed.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.