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Google has been seen as opposed to the sex trafficking bill. Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP

Silicon Valley companies reached a compromise with lawmakers Friday over legislation that will make web platforms more liable in cases where they facilitate sex trafficking. "Important changes made to [Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act] will grant victims the ability to secure the justice they deserve, allow internet platforms to continue their work combating human trafficking, and protect good actors in the ecosystem," said Michael Beckerman, the president of the Internet Association, whose members include Google and Facebook.

The details: The lawmakers behind the bill said the changes clarify language that the companies worried would open them up to major liability. Those changes, however, won't change the law's scope, lawmakers said.

Why it matters: The endorsement from the tech industry comes before a key committee vote next week, and at a time when Silicon Valley companies are under increasing pressure to take more responsibility for content appearing on their platforms.

Go deeper: Our report on the fight over the bill

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Health: Fauci: Unvaccinated kids must wear masks in school this fall — CDC says schools should still universally require masks and physical distancing.
  2. Politics: New York to lift mask mandate for vaccinated people — CDC director says politics didn't play a role in abrupt mask policy shift.
  3. Vaccines: Sanofi, GSK COVID vaccine shows strong immune response in phase 2 trials — Vaccine-hesitant Americans cite inaccurate side effects.
  4. Business: How retailers are responding to the latest CDC guidance — Delta to require all new employees be vaccinated — Target, CVS and other stores ease mask requirements after CDC guidance.
  5. World: Taiwan raises COVID-19 alert level amid surge in cases — Biden administration to send 20 million U.S.-authorized vaccine doses abroad.
  6. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
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Biden backs Gaza ceasefire for first time in call with Netanyahu

Biden with Netanyahu in 2010. Photo: Debbi Hill/Pool/ Getty Images

President Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in a call on Thursday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said in a statement.

Why it matters: This is the first time since the beginning of the crisis last Monday that Biden or anyone in his administration has publicly backed a ceasefire. It will increase pressure on Israel to seek an end to the conflict, which Netanyahu has insisted will continue until Hamas' ability to attack Israel is further degraded.

4 hours ago - World

Schumer: "I want to see a ceasefire"

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Monday he wants to "see a ceasefire reach quickly and mourn the loss of life."

Why it matters: Schumer is a staunch defender of Israel and has maintained that Israel should be able to defend itself.