Just this morning, I encouraged Facebook to take the threat of QAnon more seriously, given increasing evidence that they have, in large part, propelled its growth.
I’m pleased to see Facebook is now taking action against this harmful and increasingly dangerous conspiracy theory and movement.
We’ve seen in a myriad of other contexts, including concerning right-wing militias like the Boogaloos, that Facebook has repeatedly failed to enforce its existing policies consistently.
Ultimately the real test will be whether Facebook will NOW take measures to enforce these new policies.

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24 Sep
Our nation has a 200-year history of successful elections, followed by a peaceful transfer of power. Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee received a briefing on election security from our nation’s top officials.
We all know that the election process will look different this year, in light of COVID-19, and we may not know the results on election night. The Intelligence Community (IC) warned that, as a result, the period immediately before and after the election could be uniquely volatile.
But we should continue to have faith in the state and local officials who are responsible for the conduct of our elections and the IC and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) officials who help to protect them, and make sure that all the votes are counted.
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11 Sep
Despite the constant surge in COVID cases, @ICEgov has endangered a staggering number of lives of detainees and Virginians because it decided to transfer detainees during this pandemic. Have they no shame?

Sen. @timkaine and I have raised the alarm about these transfers before.
On June 26, Sen. Kaine and I called on @ICEgov to stop transferring detainees amid this pandemic.
On July 16, Sen. Kaine and I kept the pressure on @ICEgov to stop transferring detainees amid a surge of #COVID cases in detention centers.
Read 5 tweets
29 Aug
Earlier this month, my colleagues in Congress and I called on Secretary Sonny Perdue of the @USDA to extend several waiver requests made by the Commonwealth to ensure school districts have the certainty they need to continue providing students with healthy and nutritious meals. ImageImageImage
The @USDA denied our request to extend the waivers to assist in the delivery of food to Virginia’s children during the ongoing pandemic, claiming they don’t have the authority to provide universal free meals during the crisis despite broad authority granted by Congress.
Over 30 million children rely on school meals every day. As many as 17 million children did not get enough to eat this summer. I urge the @USDA to reverse its decision and extend all school meal flexibilities to keep our kids from going hungry.
Read 4 tweets
29 Jul
I’m glad the House Judiciary Committee called their hearing today. It’s important we inspect these companies and their business practices – and ensure that they aren’t unfairly disadvantaging competition and harming consumers.
It wasn’t too long ago that some of these companies weren’t even willing to show up in front of Congress and face these important questions.
As I’ve come to often say, ‘data is the new oil.’ But for the companies that have successfully built business models to collect it, it’s even better than oil: these companies capture not just our data but our attention, commerce, and social interactions.
Read 12 tweets
28 Jul
Our country is in the middle of multiple crises. The COVID relief package released yesterday by Republicans is out of touch with the grim reality facing communities large & small across the nation, which local leaders of both parties have highlighted over the past several months.
The bill DOES NOT include:

1) Food assistance for kids

2) Hazard pay for essential workers

3) Rental assistance for millions facing evictions

4) Money for communities of color
5) Funding for state & local governments being forced to lay off workers
· The Senate GOP proposal ignores the warnings of local leaders & also those of economists who have cautioned about the long-term impacts of failing to address local gov't revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19.
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21 Jul
We know that Black, brown, and low-income communities have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 crisis and this unprecedented economic downturn.

If we don’t do something to help, we’re going to see a huge hemorrhaging of small businesses and jobs.
That’s why today I’m joining @SenSchumer, @SenBooker, @SenKamalaHarris, and @RepGregoryMeeks to introduce the #NeighborhoodJobs Act – a new, $17.9 billion investment in minority and low-income communities to help them create jobs and weather this economic storm.
Lack of credit access is one of the leading barriers for businesses in minority communities, and it seriously inhibits economic opportunities.

Our bill will devote resources to community-based lenders to increase the flow of credit into underserved neighborhoods.
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