The cast of Hamilton had a message for Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Donald Trump didn’t take it well. How Facebook is spreading fake news and anti-Muslim views in Myanmar. And Kanye West stormed off stage after ranting about Beyoncé and Jay Z.
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ICYMI: The cast of Hamilton had a message for Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Donald Trump didn’t take it well.
“We, sir — we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our parents, or defend us, or uphold our inalienable rights,” said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr.
The white nationalist alt-right movement — once the very definition of fringe politics — is preparing for a new future after Trump’s win.
Leaders held a press conference on Saturday at the National Policy Institute, the white nationalist think tank headed by Richard Spencer.
While Spencer and the others are careful not to identify Trump himself as alt-right, nor his soon-to-be chief strategist Steve Bannon, they plan to put out policy papers as recommendations for the Trump administration going forward. One example: Institute a 50-year freeze on net immigration.
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How Facebook is spreading fake news and anti-Muslim views in Myanmar.
Less than 1% of Myanmar had internet access until 2014. Now the country is getting online at an astonishing rate — but so is fake news, along with pro-Trump musings and anti-Muslim sentiment.
Today, news sites in Myanmar have become so popular that print magazines called Facebook and The Internet regurgitate stories spotted online for stragglers who have not yet joined the internet revolution.
If fake news had the power to influence people’s minds during the US elections, in a country with a well-established mainstream media landscape, what could it do in Myanmar, with a nascent news media only recently freed from the military’s stranglehold? BuzzFeed News’ Sheera Frenkel reports.
A street vendor selling mobile phone accessories in Yangon on July 17. Minzayar Oo / BuzzFeed News
Police shootings in the US.
A 50-year-old San Antonio officer died Sunday after he was ambushed during a traffic stop outside the city’s police headquarters. The officer was issuing a traffic ticket to another person around 11:45 a.m. local time when a man in a black vehicle pulled behind the squad car, walked toward the passenger side of the police car, and shot the officer in the head, Chief William P. McManus said. The suspect is still on the run.
And a St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the face Sunday night when a driver pulled up beside his patrol car and opened fire. The 46-year-old sergeant, who’s been on the force for 20 years and is a father of two, is expected to survive, police said.
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The Harry Potter fandom is at a crossroads.
There’s never been a more confusing time to be a Harry Potter fan, whether you’re talking about issues of representation and cultural appropriation, Johnny Depp’s presence in the Fantastic Beasts movies, or the revelation that Lord Voldemort fathered a daughter with Bellatrix Lestrange.
The world of Harry Potter won’t stop growing. But as the franchise struggles to evolve with the times and live up to the tenets of the original series, the devotion of its legendary fandom is showing major signs of fatigue, writes BuzzFeed News’ Alanna Bennett.
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World: Rescue operations are underway in India to save survivors of a horrific train derailment that left at least 145 people dead and about 220 others wounded.
Science: The Arctic isn’t so chill. Scientists say sea ice is freakishly low right now and temperatures are above normal. And the World Health Organization says Zika is no longer a “public health emergency of international concern.” It is still spreading, though.
Recall: Sabra has recalled a bunch of its hummus because of listeria fears.