Start your day here: Democracy under pressure; Instagram gets grilled; the vaccine and religious beliefs

Published December 9, 2021 at 8:13 AM EST
President Biden Delivers Opening Remarks At Virtual Summit For Democracy
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President Biden speaks to participants in the Summit for Democracy from a soundstage that the White House has set up for such virtual events.

Good morning,

Here's what we're following today:

Democracy summit: President Biden is virtually hosting representatives from more than 100 democracies worldwide. The White House is framing the summit as a chance to counter a rising tide of authoritarianism and focus on the most pressing global issue of our time.

Senators don't trust Instagram: At a hearing on Capitol Hill over Instagram's protections for young people, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who chairs the Senate's consumer protection subcommittee, told Instagram chief Adam Mosseri that "the time for big-tech self-regulation is over."

Vaccines and religion: Only 10 percent of Americans believe the COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with their religious beliefs. Plus, a majority of Americans, 60 percent, also say there is no valid religious reason to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, a new poll finds major warning signs for Biden and fellow Democrats.

— The Morning Edition live blog team

(Rachel Treisman, Carol Ritchie, Nell Clark and Chris Hopkins)