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Mark Zuckerberg speaks to Facebook's advertising partners in New York in 2007. Photo: Craig Ruttle / AP

Russian operatives posed as "United Muslims of America," a real group, to push propaganda on Facebook and Instagram, per The Daily Beast. Russians used an imposter account to disseminate inflammatory memes — such as one saying Hillary Clinton admitted the U.S. "created, funded and armed" ISIS and al-Qaeda and other falsely claiming Osama Bin Laden was a CIA agent.

Why it matters: It's the latest shoe to drop about the Kremlin's attempts to influence the 2016 election through social media. Previous reporting has shown that Russians purchased ads to inflame racial tensions and Islamophobia.

The gritty details: The Kremlin used the fake "United Muslims of America" account "to promote political rallies aimed at Muslim audiences" while "simultaneously using other accounts to hawk virulently Islamophobic messages to right-wing audiences," the Daily Beast reports. The Twitter, Facebook and Instagram imposter accounts have been shut down.

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U.S. grants temporary protected status to thousands of Venezuelans

Venezuelan citizens participate in the vote for the popular consultation in December 2020, as part of a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Doral, Florida. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP

Venezuelans living in the United States will be eligible to receive temporary protected status for 18 months, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled to the U.S. amid economic, political and social turmoil back home. Former President Trump, on his last full day in office, granted some protections to Venezuelans through the U.S. Deferred Enforced Departure program, but advocates and lawmakers said the move didn't go far enough.

"She-cession" threatens economic recovery

Illustration: Sarah Grillo

Decades of the slow economic progress women made catching up to men evaporated in just one year.

Why it matters: As quickly as those gains were erased, it could take much, much longer for them to return — a warning Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued today.

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Sandberg thought Zuckerberg was "nuts" on remote work in January 2020

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Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg thought Mark Zuckerberg was "nuts" when he raised the possibility in January 2020 that 50,000 Facebook employees might have to work from home. By March 6, they were.

Why it matters: In an interview Monday with Axios Re:Cap, Sandberg explained how Facebook moved quickly to respond to the pandemic with grants for small businesses and work-from-home stipends for its employees, and how the company has been watching the unfolding crisis for women in the workforce.