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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is interviewed by Recode's Kara Swisher. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that much of the anti-tech backlash is based on a combination of economic insecurity and concerns that the companies aren't doing enough to keep their own platforms safe.

"We need to address both sides," Sandberg said in an interview at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco.

Why it matters: Facebook and other social media companies have been under increasing fire from a variety of corners.

Sandberg reiterated much of the company's past statements on the election and Russia interference, promising the company takes its responsibilities seriously and continues to learn.

"That responsibility grows as we grow," she said, in response to a question from interviewer Kara Swisher.

Also: Sandberg addressed issues around women in tech and the role sexual harassment has played.

We need a world where women don’t get sexually harassed, period. Full stop. But that’s not enough. We need a world where women and women of color in particularly get equal opportunity. It is not enough not to harass us.
— Sheryl Sandberg

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Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

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Facebook will finally allow advertisers to resume running political and social issue ads in the U.S. on Thursday, according to a company update.

The big picture: Facebook and rival Google instituted political ad bans to slow the spread of misinformation and curb confusion around the presidential election and its aftermath.

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Artificial intelligence is becoming a true industry, with all the pluses and minuses that entails, according to a sweeping new report.

Why it matters: AI is now in nearly every area of business, with the pandemic pushing even more investment in drug design and medicine. But as the technology matures, challenges around ethics and diversity grow.

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William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, testified Wednesday that a three-hour delay in approval for National Guard assistance during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack was exacerbated by "unusual" restrictions on his authorities by Pentagon leadership.

Why it matters: Walker testified that if Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy had not prohibited him in a Jan. 5 memo from using the National Guard's "Quick Reaction Force" without authorization, he would have "immediately" sent troops to the Capitol after receiving a "frantic call" from then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.