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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Verizon announced on Thursday it will pull advertisements from Facebook and Instagram, per the company's chief media officer.

Why it matters: Verizon is one of the largest companies to join a growing boycott of the social network over its content moderation policies, including how it polices misinformation about Black Lives Matter protests, and handles content posted by President Trump..

What they're saying: “We have strict content policies in place and have zero tolerance when they are breached, we take action,” Verizon’s chief media officer John Nitti told Axios in a statement. “We’re pausing our advertising until Facebook can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable and is consistent with what we’ve done with YouTube and other partners.”

  • “We respect any brand’s decision, and remain focused on the important work of removing hate speech and providing critical voting information," Facebook's VP of Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson said in a statement to Axios. "Our conversations with marketers and civil rights organizations are about how, together, we can be a force for good."

Catch up quick: Six civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and NAACP, began urging marketers last week to stop buying Facebook ads, using the hashtag #stophateforprofit.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Ina Fried: While best known for providing cell and wired internet service, Verizon owns AOL and Yahoo and aims to compete with Facebook for digital ad dollars.

Go deeper: Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads with symbol once used by Nazis

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Get ready for a flood of deepfakes, experts warn

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If social media platforms don't start dealing much more aggressively with altered audio and video, they risk seeing their platforms devolve into a sea of faked content, experts tell Axios.

Why it matters: The platforms are already struggling to deal with manipulated media, and the technology to create "deepfakes," which are fabricated media generated by machine-learning-based software, is improving rapidly.

The future of weddings is hybrid

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The post-pandemic obsession with hybrid events and classrooms and offices is coming to weddings too.

Why it matters: The average wedding in the U.S. costs about $30,000, and the biggest cost comes down to headcount. The pandemic ushered in a new way of celebrating the big day, with the nearest and dearest in attendance and the rest on Zoom — and that model will outlast the pandemic itself.

NBC readies streaming push for Tokyo

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NBCUniversal will stream some of the most popular Olympics sporting events exclusively on its new streaming service Peacock, executives said Wednesday.

Driving the news: Most notably, USA Men’s Basketball live coverage will be available only to subscribers of Peacock's premium paid tier.