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Following the backlash of fake news and Russia's manipulation of social media during the 2016 presidential election, Twitter has been suspending more than 1 million accounts per day in recent months in an effort to combat the spread of false information, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The rate of suspension has doubled since October — around the time that Twitter first testified on the Hill along with representatives from Facebook and Google. More than 70 million accounts were suspended in May and June.

Key quote: "One of the biggest shifts is in how we think about balancing free expression versus the potential for free expression to chill someone else’s speech. Free expression doesn’t really mean much if people don’t feel safe," Twitter Vice President for Trust and Safety Del Harvey told the Post.

What to watch: How this mass suspension will impact the company's monthly user numbers for the quarter.

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A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.

Biden is highest-spending political candidate on TV ads

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After spending an additional $45.2 million on political ads this week, former Vice President Joe Biden has become the highest-spending political candidate on TV ads ever, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

By the numbers: In total, the Biden campaign has spent $582.7 million on TV ads between 2019 and 2020, officially surpassing Michael Bloomberg's record spend of roughly $582 million. Biden's spend includes his primary and general election advertising.