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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The leader of a key House committee discussed legislative proposals on reining in Big Tech content moderation practices with Facebook, Google, Twitter and others Monday, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Lawmakers are working toward making good on their promise to pass new laws to curb tech's power.

What happened: House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and other Democrats on the committee met with the companies, civil rights and public interest groups to discuss tech legislation with a focus on protecting marginalized communities, a Democratic aide told Axios.

  • One of the proposals up for discussion was a bill from Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) called the Civil Rights Modernization Act, which would amend online liability shield Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act so that civil rights laws apply to targeted advertising.

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May 24, 2021 - Technology

Florida law will regulate how social media companies moderate speech

Ron DeSantis. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Florida Monday became the first state in the U.S. to broadly regulate social media platforms' moderation of user speech online.

Driving the news: Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law fining social media services that permanently ban candidates running for office in Florida.

May 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Infrastructure judgment day expected after Senate recess

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Senate Democrats are settling on an endgame for their bipartisan infrastructure negotiations: let them continue through the week after their Memorial Day recess, then forge ahead on their own if there's no deal.

Why it matters: President Biden said he hoped both parties could agree on a deal for roads and bridges before the holiday, but with the talks crumbling, Democrats are now readying to revert to Plan B — budget reconciliation — to get shovels into the ground.

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Katie Ledecky wins gold in first women's 1500m freestyle

Team USA's Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning the final of the women's 1,500m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky took home the Olympic gold medal in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle swimming race Tuesday evening, becoming the first female swimmer to win the newly added division. Team USA's Erica Sullivan won silver.

Of note: The Tokyo Games mark the first time that the long-distance race has been open to women, and Ledecky paid tribute to her predecessors after the race. "I just think of all the great U.S. swimmers who didn’t have a chance to swim that event," she said on NBC.