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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose public posture since the 2016 election has been defensive, is making a deliberate effort to show more of himself, and to be proactive about calling for Congress to regulate privacy and data.
I'm at Aspen Ideas and thought Zuckerberg tried to show a human side to the influential, elite audience — with a lack of defensiveness and a dash of humor. He still struck some as robotic, but that wouldn't surprise him.
Why it matters: With the techlash gaining momentum around the world, and 2020 Democrats targeting Big Tech, Zuckerberg is trying to get out in front of the inevitable by calling for regulation that Facebook can live with.
Zuckerberg called for the U.S. government to take the lead on election security, saying Facebook doesn't "have the tools to make the Russian government stop," Axios' Marisa Fernandez writes.
Zuckerberg also said Facebook is rethinking its handling of deepfake videos, and said it might make sense to treat them differently from other "false news," as Facebook calls fake news. (AP)
In the moment above from the first debate of the 2020 campaign, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Elizabeth Warren were the only two among the 10 Democrats to raise their hands when NBC co-moderator Lester Holt asked:
Seven more Axios takeaways from the first of two Miami nights, by Alexi McCammond at the debate, managing editor David Nather and Zach Basu:
The big picture: "There were no personal attacks or criticisms of character, and nothing resembling the Trump-style personal taunts that came to define the last crowded presidential primary, waged among Republicans in 2016." (N.Y. Times)
Viewers got a stark snapshot of the world in turmoil when NBC co-moderator Chuck Todd asked for a one-word answer to the biggest geopolitical threat to the United States:
Gender dynamics were part of last night's drama, as more women than ever challenge assumptions about what presidential leadership looks like: Six women are among the 20 Democrats in this week's back-to-back debates.
When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said last night that he was "the only candidate here who has passed a law protecting a woman’s right of reproductive health," Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota drew applause by shooting back:
In the historic lineups, Sens. Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, plus Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, were on last night's schedule.
Less than a decade after Amazon broke into the logistics industry, it has become its own biggest shipper, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
While hiking in the [Yosemite] area, Honnold overheard a group in front of him actually discussing the movie. Then, he sped right by them.
"They’re like, 'That’s the guy!'" Honnold recounted. "As I’m hiking by, they’re like, 'Did you get him on the GoPro?'"
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