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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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California wildfire explodes in size, destroys historic town

Battalion Chief Sergio Mora looks on as the Dixie fire burns through downtown Greenville, Calif. on Aug. 4, 2021. Photo: Josh EdelsonAFP via Getty Images

The small Sierra town of Greenville, California, was heavily damaged on Wednesday night into early Thursday as the Dixie Fire surged northward amid high winds, extremely dry air and hot temperatures.

The latest: The Dixie Fire, California's biggest blaze, continued to threaten communities in Plumas County into Thursday night, as more mandatory evacuation orders were issued in the region.

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Top labor leader Richard Trumka dies unexpectedly at 72

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AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who led the largest federation of unions in the country for over a decade, has died at 72.

The big picture: Trumka began working as a coal miner in 1968 and would go on to dedicate his life to the labor movement, including as president of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO beginning in 2009.

Biden signs bill awarding Congressional Gold Medals to officers who responded to Jan. 6 attack

President Biden, joined by Vice President Harris, lawmakers and members of law enforcement and their families, signs legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to law enforcement in the Rose Garden. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden signed legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress' "highest expression of national appreciation," notes the New York Times.