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Facebook’s billion-dollar blunder

Tony Romm on Facebook potentially paying up after Cambridge Analytica. Christian Davenport on how rocket launches are muddying air travel. Plus, Orion Donovan-Smith on Liberian immigrants losing protections after decades.
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Facebook may pay billions
Facebook may have to pay billions of dollars in fines over the misuse of data obtained after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook’s founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testified last year about the more than 80 million Facebook users whose data was mined by a third party.

Tony Romm, a tech policy reporter for The Post, says the social media giant and the Federal Trade Commission it’s up against are negotiating to figure out how the company should be reprimanded.

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Traffic in the skies
Among Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin (owned by Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos) and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, there are a number of billionaires trying to fly humans beyond Earth. But The Post’s Christian Davenport says that these rocket launches testing what it would take to get someone into space are clogging up the skies and making it harder for regular people to fly commercially.

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After decades of legal protection, Liberian immigrants have uncertain futures in the U.S.
Since the start of his campaign, President Trump has talked a lot about immigration, though usually, he focuses on immigrants entering the country illegally via the Mexican border.
One of the actions he has taken as president that’s discussed less is his decision to end a small program called Deferred Enforced Departure, or DED.

This program allowed Liberian immigrants who fled civil wars in their home country to live and work in the United States. Every president since George H.W. Bush had extended this protection and many of the Liberian immigrants have now been in the country for nearly three decades. But last spring, Trump announced that the program will end March 31, 2019.

Orion Donovan-Smith has been reporting on what this means for the future of these immigrants.

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