Facebook employees challenged CEO Mark Zuckerberg by starting an unofficial task force to battle fake news. US President Barack Obama gave his first news conference since Donald Trump’s victory, saying that despite his own concerns, “the people have spoken.” And WhatsApp will now let you make free video calls.
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It’s been one week since the US election. Here’s where we’re at:
Speaking at his first news conference since the election, President Obama addressed his concerns about Donald Trump while also trying to reassure the public that there would be a smooth transition and the accomplishments of the last eight years would survive.
Obama confirmed that the president-elect is committed to NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance, but declined to comment on Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as chief strategist. Obama also implored Trump to “think long and hard” before deporting young undocumented immigrants.
“I don’t think [Trump] is ideological,” Obama said. “I think ultimately he is pragmatic.” Susan Walsh / AP
What else is happening:
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke and agreed to "normalize" relations, the Kremlin said in a press release.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence — who repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server — is in court fighting to keep an email secret.
Renegade Facebook employees formed a task force to battle fake news.
The unofficial task force, which includes employees from across the company, are questioning the role Facebook played in promoting fake news in the lead-up to Trump’s victory, amid a larger, national debate over the rise of fake and misleading news articles in a platform used by more than 150 million Americans.
In August, Megyn Kelly was one of the top Trending Topics on Facebook. If you hovered your mouse over her name, up popped a story claiming that Kelly had been “kicked out” of Fox News “for backing Hillary.” The story was from a site called EndingTheFed.com — and it’s false.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejected claims that fake news on Facebook affected the outcome of the US election, calling it “a pretty crazy idea.” Yet employees rebutted that statement.
“What’s crazy is for him to come out and dismiss it like that, when he knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season,” one Facebook employee said.
Did you know?: Google’s top news link for “final election results” goes to a fake news site.
The man who knew with 100% certainty that Trump would win.
Bill Mitchell is a self-styled conservative pundit and polls truther who was the butt of every liberal’s Twitter jokes for over a year. He’s also one of the few to get Trump right. So what happens now? Is Bill Mitchell the unofficial voice of the next administration?
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How one photo in Baltimore changed photographer Devin Allen’s life.
During a violent protest in Baltimore, Maryland, after Freddie Gray’s death, Devin Allen took an instantly iconic photo that made him the poster child for how social media is changing photojournalism as a career and an art form. Over a year later, he’s still hopeful that photography can help heal his city’s wounds — and his own.
“Protesting brings media attention but what do you do when you have that attention? You protest to get to the table,” Allen said. “I got into the Smithsonian, and now I don’t protest so much. I’m needed elsewhere.” Devin Allen / TIME
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World: Swedish activist Maria-Teresa Asplund, who first came to attention in May when a photographer took an iconic photo of her standing up to neo-Nazis, has done it again.
RIP: Acclaimed journalist Gwen Ifill has died at the age of 61. She was the co-host of PBS Newshour and one of the most prominent black journalists in the US.
Tech: Apple’s new top-of-the-line laptop is impressively fast and lightweight, but it may not be the home run longtime MacBook Pro users were hoping for. And popular messaging app WhatsApp will now let you make free video calls.
Random news: McDonald’s is now testing a Sriracha Big Mac in 126 restaurants in the Columbus, Ohio, area. And a judge has ordered Making a Murderer subject Brendan Dassey be released from jail as he appeals his conviction.