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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held the second annual Social Good Forum today in New York, at which he introduced new Facebook tools and updates to existing features.

Why it matters: Zuckerberg announced over the summer that Facebook's new mission was to "give people the power to build community to help bring the world closer together." The new tools and updates announced Wednesday are meant to expand users' communities, by connecting them with mentors or mentees, furthering donations to charities, and more.

Zuckerberg's announcements:

  • Facebook is eliminating nonprofit fees, to ensure 100% of donations go to the organizations.
  • An annual $50 million fund is being set up to match donations made through Facebook.
  • Off-Facebook fundraisers will be able to be synced up to Facebook fundraisers.
  • Facebook's blood donation feature is being expanded to Bangladesh in 2018, and plans to expand further.
  • A new tool, Mentorship and Support, will help connect mentors and mentees around the world.
  • Community Help API, a new tool that will help disaster response organizations access data to see the needs of people impacted by disasters.
  • A suicide prevention artificial intelligence, which will flag posts and videos alluding to thoughts of suicide and self-harm.

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Too big to cover alone: Newsrooms team up

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

News outlets are increasingly willing to work together on big, multifaceted stories — including this week's reporting on leaked documents from a Facebook whistleblower.

Why it matters: Collaborative efforts help bring more resources to bear on complex stories, some of which require a global reporting effort. But they require high degrees of coordination, and competition can sometimes get in the way.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: It's Democrats and independents driving the declining economic confidence, from 52% of all U.S. adults at the start of his presidency to 44% now. Their softening faith could hinder Biden's ability to lead and hurt Democrats' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

Attacks rise on houses of worship

Woven Stars of David hang along the fence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the 1st anniversary of a mass shooting at the synagogue. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Houses of worship — across a variety of faiths, including Jewish synagogues to Buddhist temples and Catholic churches — are experiencing high amounts of vandalism, arson and other property damage.

The big picture: 2021 is on track to be a record year for hate crimes in the U.S., and many of those attacks are linked to religious bigotry.