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Photo: Asa Mathat for Vox Media

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized Monday to members of the LGBTQ community who were offended by the company's response to antigay comments by Steven Crowder aimed at Vox journalist Carlos Maza. At the same time, she defended the company's handling of the issue.

Why it matters: YouTube has been under fire for a variety of issues, including the spread of hate and misinformation and enabling of child predators.

"I know the decision we made was very hurtful to LGBTQ community," Wojcicki said, speaking at Code Conference. "That was not our intention at all."

At the same time, Wojcicki said she was involved with and agreed with the company's actions in the case.

YouTube initially said there was no violation of policy before deciding a day later to suspend him from the program that allows content creators to get advertising revenue from YouTube.

Her comments at Code Conference follow both fresh scandals as well as a series of new policy changes aimed at limiting the availability and spread of hate speech and so-called "borderline content."

"This is something we had been working on for months," she said, saying it involved hundreds of people at the company.

The bigger picture: Asked by Vox's Peter Kafka whether YouTube can ever get a handle on the content issues it faces. Wojcicki said the company can continue to get better, pointing to progress the company made on violent extremist content. "I see how much improvement we have already made," she said, adding later: "I'm not saying we're done."

Wojcicki rejected the idea that people should have to get approval before posting videos.

"I think we would lose a lot of voices," she said, adding that there should be "tiers" of trust, requiring a track record for having ads or live streaming.

As for whether YouTube has contributed to the radicalization of the right, Wojcicki declined to answer directly. "Our view is we are offering a diverse set of content to users," she said.

Update: I had a chance to follow up with Wojcicki. You can see the video here.

Go deeper: Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his thoughts on YouTube in an interview with Axios on HBO that aired Sunday.

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FDA panel backs Merck's antiviral COVID pill

The Merck Cherokee Plant in Riverside, Pennsylvania. Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday voted 13-10 to endorse an antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat adults at high risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19, despite concerns over its effectiveness and safety.

Why it matters: Oral antiviral drugs designed to prevent or treat COVID-19 could be key pandemic-fighting tools, if proven effective, especially as new variants emerge. If authorized, the Merck drug, known as molnupiravir, would be the first treatment of its kind to be made available in the United States.

Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 6 wounded

Screengrab: CBSN

Three people dead and six others are wounded after a shooting at a high school in Michigan according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Driving the news: The alleged shooter was a 15-year-old sophomore at Oxford High School and has been arrested, per police.

Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.