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Instagram logo. Photo: Alvin Chan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook said Thursday that it stored millions of Instagram passwords without proper security, expanding a disclosure in March that Facebook passwords had been left visible and unprotected inside the company's servers.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Ina Fried: "It’s yet another example of Facebook mishandling customer information. It follows yesterday’s disclosure that the social network had accessed 1.5 million customers contact information without their permission."

  • In an update to a March blog post, Facebook added the Instagram disclosure and said it doesn’t believe passwords were improperly accessed. Facebook has "been looking at the ways we store certain other categories of information — like access tokens — and have fixed problems as we’ve discovered them."
  • Facebook had originally said tens of thousands of Instagram users passwords were affected.

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Updated 37 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
3 hours ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

3 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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