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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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America is finally winning its fight against the coronavirus

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America’s battle against the coronavirus is going great.

The big picture: For the first time in a long time, nobody needs to cherry-pick some misleading data to make it seem like things are going well, and the good news doesn’t need an endless list of caveats, either. It’s just really good news. We’re winning. Be happy.

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Over 70 dead in worst bombardments between Israel and Hamas for years

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Israeli forces said they had killed a senior Hamas commander in May 12 airstrikes. Gaza's health ministry said children died in the strikes. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 67 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed in fighting between Israel's military and Hamas since Monday, per Reuters.

The big picture: The worst aerial exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas since 2014 continued into early Thursday. It comes days after escalating violence in Jerusalem that injured hundreds of Palestinians and several Israeli police officers during protests over the planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes.

Biden admin grants Colonial waiver to ease fuel shortages

Fuel tanks at Colonial Pipeline Baltimore Delivery in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration approved a temporary waiver of shipping requirements late Wednesday to help Colonial Pipeline transport fuel, as service resumes across the U.S. following last week's ransomware attack that that took it offline.

Why it matters: The century-old Jones Act requires ships to be built in the U.S. and crewed by American workers, but the waiver means foreign companies can transport gasoline and diesel to areas where there are fuel shortages.