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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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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

Putin takes a call in 2017. Photo: Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty

President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.