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Facebook is evidently now looking to minimize politics on its platform, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company hopes to “turn down the temperature.”

Zuckerberg during an earnings call Wednesday announced Facebook will stop recommending political and civic groups to users, which he described as a “continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations,” Politico reports.

The social media company has long faced criticism over the amount of misinformation and polarization on its platform, with its recommendations being a frequent target of these complaints. Facebook previously said it would be putting these recommendations on pause in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, Politico notes. Additionally, Zuckerberg said Wednesday the company plans to take action to reduce the amount of politics in users’ news feeds, Axios reports, but he didn’t offer any further information on that effort.

“There has been a trend across society that a lot of things have become politicized and politics have had a way of creeping into everything,” Zuckerberg said. “A lot of the feedback we see from our community is that people don’t want that in their experience.”

Zuckerberg added that if users do want to discuss politics or join political groups, “they should be able to,” but “we are not serving community well to be recommending that content right now.”

The company by looking to “downplay politics” on the platform was “backing away from arguments it’s long made that political speech is vital to free expression,” Axios wrote. The decision came after various companies have taken steps to either ban political ads or limit them in certain situations, not to mention after numerous platforms suspended former President Donald Trump, leading Axios to conclude, “The social platforms that profited massively on politics and free speech suddenly want a way out — or at least a way to hide until the heat cools.” Brendan Morrow

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner test negative for COVID-19

  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contracted the coronavirus and are quarantining, the president tweeted around 1 a.m. on Friday.
  • His daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, both of whom are senior White House advisors, were screened for the coronavirus and tested negative. So, too, did the president’s youngest child, Barron.
  • Multiple White House officials have been tested for the highly contagious disease after news emerged late Thursday that Hope Hicks, a senior aide to the president who traveled with him on Air Force One this week, had tested positive.
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President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have tested negative for the coronavirus, White House spokesperson Carolina Hurley announced on Twitter on Friday.

News broke late Thursday that Hope Hicks, a senior aide to the president, had tested positive for the disease after traveling with him this week aboard Air Force One.

Initially, Trump tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump were awaiting their COVID-19 test results. 

A few hours later, he tweeted that the pair had “tested positive,” but it remains unclear when exactly they were exposed to the virus.

“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” wrote Trump, who is said to be experiencing “mild symptoms” as is the first lady.

What followed was a flurry of Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr, being screened for the highly contagious disease. So far, they have all tested negative. 

Ivanka and Kushner, both senior White House advisors, accompanied Trump to the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday alongside others aides and family members. Donald, Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany Trump did not wear masks, defying the event’s rules and CDC guidelines.

Also on Friday, Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s chief of staff, announced that Barron Trump, too, has tested negative for COVID-19.

“All precautions are being taken to ensure he’s kept safe and healthy,” Grisham told USA TODAY. 

The president has downplayed the threat of COVID-19 since it emerged in China late last year, telling the veteran journalist Bob Woodward that he did so to avoid causing a panic among the American public. He has also repeatedly called on the country’s leaders to lift lockdown measures and reopen the economy. And the president’s campaign rallies, as recently as this week, featured large crowds of people who aren’t maintaining social distance or wearing face masks, despite expert advice to the contrary.

As of Friday, the United States is in the throes of the worst coronavirus outbreak on earth with more than 7.2 million cases and nearly 207,900 deaths.

The average incubation period for the virus is five days, according to epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University. 

Determining how long it takes for symptoms to emerge is “particularly relevant when you’re thinking about how

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