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IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK PARENT META THREATENS TO REMOVE NEWS FROM PLATFORM

UNDATED (AP) — Facebook parent Meta Platforms says it will be “forced to consider” removing news content from its platform if Congress passes legislation requiring tech companies to pay news outlets for their material. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, if passed, would allow news companies to collectively negotiate with social platforms over the terms on which their material appears on their sites. Meta said it would rather pull news from its platforms than — in its words — “submit to government-mandated negotiations that unfairly disregard the value provided to news outlets.” Meta, which is based in Menlo Park, California, has taken similar stands in the past. Last year, it briefly blocked news from its platform in Australia. It later struck deals with Australian publishers.

IN THE NEWS: META OVERSIGHT BOARD URGES CHANGES TO VIP MODERATION SYSTEM

LONDON (AP) — Facebook parent Meta’s quasi-independent oversight board says an internal system that exempted high-profile users, including former U.S. President Donald Trump, from some or all of its content moderation rules needs a major overhaul. The report by the Oversight Board was more than a year in the making. It says the system “is flawed in key areas which the company must address.” Meta asked the board to look into the system after The Wall Street Journal reported last year that it was being abused by many of its elite users, who were posting material that would result in penalties for ordinary people, including for harassment and incitement of violence. The system — known as “XCheck,” or cross-check — was exposed in Facebook documents leaked by Frances Haugen, a former product manager turned whistleblower.

IN THE NEWS: MARYLAND BANS TIKTOK IN STATE AGENCIES, LATEST STATE TO ACT

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — Maryland is banning the use of TikTok and certain China and Russia-based platforms in the state’s executive branch of government It becomes the latest state to address cybersecurity risks presented by the platforms. Gov. Larry Hogan announced an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit the platforms’ use, saying they could be involved in cyberespionage, government surveillance and inappropriate collection of sensitive personal information. The Maryland directive comes a week after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, also a Republican, banned state employees and contractors from accessing TikTok on state-owned devices.

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