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Facebook, which has long resisted both hiring journalists and paying publishers, will do both as part of a new News section being announced today. In an interview with Axios, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that "the internet has been very disruptive to the news industry."
The big picture: News organizations have long complained that Facebook and Google benefit by appropriating their content. It's unclear, though, whether Facebook's new move will generate significant revenue for any but the largest publishers.
Speaking with Axios' Mike Allen, Zuckerberg outlined a few of the things that distinguish the new tab from past efforts.
"In terms of giving people a voice, it's not enough to just let people share their opinions.... There needs to be good journalism in order for people having a voice to matter."— Mark Zuckerberg
How it works:
By the numbers:
The big picture: This is a significant reversal from Facebook's policy just last year.
Yes, but: We've seen this before, and there are many skeptics about Facebook's intentions.
Facebook News will be available today to a small number of U.S. users, then will roll out more widely in the months ahead.
Disclosure: Axios is a News Tab launch partner.
Screenshot: Tinder Support's Twitter feed
On Tinder's support account on Twitter, one of the biggest complaints about the dating site remains transgender users saying their accounts have been improperly suspended.
Why it matters: Tinder has taken a number of steps to improve the experience for LGBTQ users, including adding more sexuality options earlier this year and, back in 2016, offering more gender options and taking steps to better protect transgender users from having their accounts improperly banned.
Clearly, though, the problem remains significant.
"We recognize the transgender community faces challenges on Tinder, including being unfairly reported by potential matches more often than our cisgender members," Tinder said in a statement to Axios. "This is a multifaceted, complex issue and we are working to continuously improve their experience."
Between the lines: Tinder made the choice not to give an option for daters to exclude transgender people. Offering that option would have limited dating options for transgender users and gone against the company's values, it says.
However. Tinder believes that taking that stand, while the right thing to do, may lead some users to unfairly flag trans accounts as having broken the rules.
What's next: The company says it is committed to continuing to improve the experience for transgender daters and will look at ways it can reduce the number of accounts being unfairly banned or suspended. Tinder also tells Axios that the team that works on its new Swipe Life video show will release a series on dating in the transgender community this November.
An Amazon warehouse outside Paris. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images
Amazon shares fell more than 6% Thursday after the company's quarterly earnings fell for the first time in two years, coming in below analysts' expectations.
Between the lines: Amazon had been posting record profits in recent quarters, but its move to offer one-day shipping to Prime customers is clearly denting the bottom line. Last quarter, the company spent nearly $10 billion on shipping.
Yes, but: Amazon has long been willing to sacrifice short-term profitability to make moves that are popular with consumers and are hard for rivals to match.
Meanwhile: America's librarians are taking issue with Amazon, saying the company is making it hard for libraries to acquire e-books at reasonable prices (or sometimes at all), Axios' Margaret Harding McGill reports.
Plus: More than 200 independent musicians are boycotting Amazon over the company's work for ICE.
Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday to determine whether TikTok, a Chinese-owned social media app that has seen a massive spike in popularity among young people, poses any "national security risks," Axios' Michael Sykes reports.
Why it matters: The app already has more than 110 million downloads in the U.S. alone, and lawmakers fear it could become a vacuum for Chins to collect coveted American data as tensions between the countries continue to escalate.
Details: In a letter sent to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, the senators questioned TikTok's data collection practices and whether the app adheres to censorship rules imposed by the Chinese government.
The big picture: This is the second congressional request to investigate TikTok. Earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) asked the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to review a 2017 deal allowing TikTok to expand into the U.S. market.
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