President Obama has ordered a review of hacking by Russia aimed at influencing U.S. elections. The review will focus on hacks perpetrated during the 2016 campaign, but will also include malicious cyber activity going all the way back to 2008. Obama expects to receive a report before he leaves office on January 20. In response, Russia denied claims made by the U.S. and called for evidence of its involvement. In October, the Intelligence Community said it was "confident" that Russia was behind hacks of government and political entities.
Did Facebook influence the election?
1. In light of Trump being elected president, some are blaming the results of the divisive election on social media — namely, Facebook. The website's algorithm, some argue, allows its users to create a personal echo chamber filled with partisan news sources they already agree with. This coupled with the distribution of fake news or false information across Facebook presents a problem, some say.
2. Facebook has denied this claim. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended the social media network's newsfeed algorithm. He also said that fake news is a very small amount of the content shared on the website. Facebook has consistently said that it is a tech company, not a media company — its job isn't to filter what its users post.
3. So, did Facebook influence the election?
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The Obama Administration said it is "confident" Russia is behind the recent hacks on government and political entities. The Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security said that the intent was to "interfere with the U.S. election process." By officially naming Russia, the United States could take action against the country. The hacks included leaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee.
Missed last night's Democratic Presidential Primary debate? If so, you missed the most contentious meeting between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on record as both candidates sharpened their rhetoric against one another ahead of this month's primaries in Iowa in New Hampshire. Sanders tried his best to connect Clinton to Wall Street, particularly bringing issue against the donors connected to Clinton's Super PACs. Meanwhile, Clinton called out Bernie over his record on gun control, calling him a "flip-flopper" and "inconsistent." As the race for the nomination tightens, we can expect more tough campaining in the coming weeks.
All eyes are on a particular border, and, for once, it's not the one Donald Trump wants to build a wall around. We're talking about the Korean Peninsula. What started as a landmine blast in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea earlier this month, has escalated to the two countries exchanging fire as tensions reach renewed heights. Officials from both countries are meeting in the demilitarized zone to talk solutions, but that hasn't stopped South Korea from blasting audio propganda across its borders, a practice it abandoned a decade ago in hopes of bettering relations between the two countries. North Korea responded by airing propaganda of its own. Real mature, you guys.