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Illustration: Caresse Haaser, Sarah Grillo/Axios

The U.K. Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has been investigating online disinformation, said in its final report issued on Sunday that Facebook "knowingly" violated the law and called for increased regulation of the tech giant.

What they're saying: "The big tech companies must not be allowed to expand exponentially, without constraint or proper regulatory oversight," the committee said. "But only governments and the law are powerful enough to contain them."

Details:

  • The panel found that "it is evident that Facebook intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws" and called for a government watchdog to conduct an additional investigation into the social platform.
  • It also said there should be new regulations of tech companies that increase their liability for content they host.

Go deeper: Read the committee's report

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Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn’t have certified Georgia 2020 results

Perdue at a December 2020 campaign event in Columbus, Ga. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn’t have signed the certification of the state’s 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.

  • “Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now. They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn’t have signed it until those things had been investigated and that’s all we were asking for," he said.

Why it matters: There has been no evidence widespread fraud took place in Georgia's elections last year and the November results were counted three times, once by hand.

Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

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Several countries, including Canada and Australia, have announced they will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

Driving the news: Leaders have faced pressure from human rights groups and others to boycott the Games, pointing to the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region and other abuses.

Biden directs federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

President Biden speaking to reporters outside of the White House on Dec. 8.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that requires the federal government achieve multiple goals related to reducing its carbon emissions, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: Meeting the objectives of the order would require a massive investment by the federal government to buy electric vehicles, upgrade buildings and change how it procures electricity.