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Snap Inc. has hired Jacqueline Beauchere, the current chief online safety officer at Microsoft, to be its first-ever global head of platform safety, a spokesperson tells Axios.

Why it matters: The move reflects a growing effort by Snapchat to invest in more initiatives that focus on user safety and wellbeing.

  • For example, Snap launched its first-ever digital literacy program in January. Last year, it launched new features with the meditation app Headspace.
  • Snapchat was designed to be mindful of issues like privacy, misinformation and harassment, which has, to date, helped it avoid some of the regulatory headaches that its competitors are now dealing with.

Details: In her new role, Beauchere will oversee all of Snapchat's efforts around safety. She will also help advise on the development of new policies and guidelines, features and tools around safety and well-being, per a spokesperson.

  • Beauchere will report to Snap VP of global policy Jennifer Stout and will work closely with other internal teams that support Snapchat's safety and wellness efforts.
  • “We are committed to helping parents, stakeholders and advocates understand how young people experience our products and how we approach critical issues around safety and trust," said Stout.
  • "There is no one better suited to help us accomplish this than Jacqueline, and this work will only become more important as we deepen our focus into augmented reality and the future of computing.”

Catch up quick: Beauchere has long been an online safety advocate, having sat on numerous boards that represent child safety and cyber safety in the technology industry. She previously served as Microsoft’s representative to the Family Online Safety Institute and the National Cyber Security Alliance, among others.

The big picture: She's part of a growing list of senior executives that Snapchat has poached from its Big Tech competitors recently.

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At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City.. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.

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