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July 19, 2021
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  • Facebook publicly pushed back against the Biden administration’s assertion that the social media giant “played a major role” in the spreading of COVID-19 misinformation, highlighting its efforts to convince users to get vaccinated and telling the administration to stop “finger-pointing.” A Facebook executive said the company is “not the reason” that the country missed President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4. (The New York Times)
  • Concern surrounding the Tokyo Olympics is growing as a rise in positive coronavirus cases in Japan has sent Olympic organizers scrambling to address the issue and tens of thousands of participants are entering the country before Friday’s opening ceremony. (The Wall Street Journal) A female member of the U.S. artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 at a training camp in Inzai, a city northeast of Tokyo. (Bloomberg)
  • Toyota Motor Corp. has decided to pull its Japanese TV commercials related to the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the games, with a company public relations executive telling the newspaper Yomiuri that the games have “not gained the public’s understanding,” and that Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda and other senior executives would not attend Friday’s opening ceremony. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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