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Twitter's San Francisco headquarters. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

After previously recommending all employees work from home, Twitter took things a step further on Wednesday, making telecommuting mandatory for nearly all employees.

Why it matters: It's another sign of just how seriously Big Tech companies are taking the coronavirus outbreak.

Twitter said in a blog post that it was making the move to support the health of its employees and those vulnerable in the communities in which it has offices.

"We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are unprecedented times."
— Jennifer Christie, Twitter vice president, in a blog post

Twitter also said:

  • It will continue to pay hourly workers that support its offices while employees work from home.
  • It will pay employees for the costs needed to set up their home offices as well as Internet fees.
  • It will reimburse additional child care costs for employees whose traditional child care providers are closed.

Yes, but: The edict applies to most, but not all employees. Some folks, such as those in Twitter's data center, have to be physically in the office to do their jobs.

In other tech industry coronavirus news:

  • Google expanded its work-from-home recommendation, already issued for all of North America, to workers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Representatives of large tech companies including Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Twitter met Wednesday with U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and representatives from various federal agencies to discuss how the tech sector can help with analyzing coronavirus information and fight misinformation.
  • The Overwatch League is canceling its March and April events.
  • IBM said the computer it built for the Department of Energy is being used to help identify potential treatments for COVID-19.

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Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.