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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There's broad agreement among leaders of both parties that Big Tech needs to be reined in — but widely different views on how to do it, as two Monday stories illustrated.

The state of play: In Washington, Democrats on a key House committee met with various stakeholders to carefully craft new legislation that might fly with both industry and its critics, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill scooped. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google all attended.

Driving the news: The Florida law would fine social media services that permanently ban candidates running for office in Florida.

  • The law also prevents platforms from removing content from news outlets above a certain size.
  • It allows people to sue platforms if they think social media companies are inconsistently applying their content rules.

Between the lines: While Florida's law might never be enforceable, if nothing else it could serve as a warning to tech companies of what can happen when you don't have a seat at the table.

Go deeper: House inches toward Big Tech antitrust reform

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Updated Sep 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Texas banned abortion after 6 weeks. Here’s what happens next

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S. went into effect in Texas on Wednesday, effectively making the procedure illegal after six weeks — well before many women know they are pregnant.

Details: The Texas law does not provide any exceptions for rape or incest. It also allows for people to sue anyone suspected of helping a person to obtain an abortion, regardless of whether they have a direct relationship with the person or not. Those who are successful can be awarded at least $10,000.

Updated Sep 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion ban to remain in place

Abortion rights advocates protest against the Texas law at the state Capitol in Austin in May. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

The Supreme Court allowed Texas' ban on most abortions in the state to remain in place in a 5-4 vote late Wednesday, rejecting an emergency application by reproductive rights groups to block the restrictive law.

Why it matters: The law, which took effect earlier Wednesday, is the most restrictive abortion ban allowed to be enforced since the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Reproductive rights groups fear the court's decision will prompt other states to pass similar laws.

Sep 1, 2021 - Podcasts

Federal intervention in the school masking debate

The ongoing battle among local, state and federal officials over COVID precautions in schools continues. The U.S. Department of Education has now launched a civil rights investigation into five GOP-led states that have banned mask mandates in schools.

  • Plus, the return of evictions in America.
  • And, Amazon steps into the live audio business.

Guests: Axios' Ben Montgomery, Linh Ta, Felix Salmon and Sara Fischer.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Hope King, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, and Ben O'Brien. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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