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Photo: Marlon Correa / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement used data obtained by court order from Facebook to track down a suspected child predator in New York, internal documents obtained by the Intercept revealed.

Why it matters: The initial report, which Axios initially covered in this space, insinuated that ICE habitually used Facebook data to track down immigrants. But the HSI part of ICE also investigates "illegal movement of contraband across the U.S. border" and "the distribution and production of child exploitation material that typically crosses multiple state/country boundaries," according to an ICE spokesperson.

The background, from Axios' Joe Uchill:

  • The Intercept found emails and evidence in a public records request that ICE agents had used data from Facebook to track a suspect. The story would later be updated with a statement from Facebook that it had responded to a lawful government request for information on a man being investigated as a active child predator.
  • Active child predators and undocumented immigrants are not the same thing: A correction to the story reads "The documents reported on in the story do not establish that the target of the investigation was an immigrant or that the individual was being pursued for immigration violations."

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BERLIN — The first exit poll from Sunday's German elections showed the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) in a dead heat at 25%, leaving the race to succeed Angela Merkel too close to call.

The state of play: A second exit poll showed the SPD narrowly ahead. That's the one televisions displayed at SPD headquarters in Berlin, where the room erupted into cheers. Official results will roll in throughout the evening.

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Why it matters: Abbott's remark on "Fox News Sunday" comes amid increased backlash over the incident, with President Biden saying, "I promise... those people will pay,” and the Department of Homeland Security launching an investigation.

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The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.