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"You have no privacy... Your data is held by so many companies that Facebook isn’t doing something all that unusual."
— Billionaire Mark Cuban at an Axios event at Ohio State University.

Cuban said the best way to avoid privacy issues with Facebook is to avoid it. "Just don’t use Facebook and you don’t have to worry about it." At the same time, Cuban says users need to be smarter about what they're using: "We're all happy to beat up on Mark Zuckerberg. Anybody read the terms of service?"

Why this matters: The Cambridge Analytica controversy has turned into a reckoning over Facebook's data practices. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been publicly defending the company in media interviews and is expected to appear before Congress this month.

Go deeper: Facebook's new offensive

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America rebalances its post-Trump news diet

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.

Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.

Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by backlash to Biden's election and the Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.

Why migrants are fleeing their homes for the U.S.

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios Photo: Herika Martinez /Getty Images 

Natural disasters in Central America, economic devastation, gang wars, political oppression, and a new administration are all driving the sharp rise in U.S.-Mexico border crossings — a budding crisis for President Biden.

Why it matters: Migration flows are complex and quickly politicized. Biden's policies are likely sending signals that are encouraging the surge — but that's only a small reason it's happening.