Black Lives Matter is bracing for a Donald Trump presidency and black faith leaders called on the president-elect to rescind Steve Bannon’s appointment as chief strategist. We take a look at the raging dumpster fire that is French politics. And McDonald’s is introducing table service in the US.
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Battling fake news.
German intelligence agencies have warned that a combination of fake news and Russian interference through hacking and misinformation could disrupt next year’s federal elections in a way that mirrors what happened during the US presidential contest, an official told BuzzFeed News.
And President Barack Obama said fake news on Facebook can hurt democratic freedoms. The president weighed in on the spread of fake news on Facebook, saying “if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.”
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What you need to know about the blazing dumpster fire that is French politics.
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen ~could~ be the next president of France. But before then, expect months of plot twists and gnawing uncertainty. We don’t know who her opponents will be yet.
Still to come: two rounds of the Republican primary (this week and next), the left-wing primary (January 2017), a first round involving an as-yet-unknown number of candidates (April), and then a head-to-head final round in May. So far, polling suggests Le Pen is a near certainty to make that final round. BuzzFeed’s Luke Lewis lays out whom she’s likely to face and whether you should start panicking or not.
Marine Le Pen. Getty Images / BuzzFeed
WE’RE KEEPING AN EYE ON
Hate crimes and Islamophobia in the US.
New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker is asking the FBI and the Department of Justice to combat a rise in hate crimes. “I am deeply troubled by the latest findings in the FBI’s 2015 Hate Crimes Statistics report that show a spike in the hate crimes against Muslim Americans, and recent news stories that have detailed numerous hateful acts since Election Day targeting certain minority populations in the United States, namely Jews, Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, and LGBT people,” Sen. Booker wrote in the letter exclusively obtained by BuzzFeed News. “These acts of violence and terror cannot be tolerated and they deserve the utmost scrutiny by our nation’s federal law enforcement officials,” he said.
Hate crimes against Muslims in the US rose by 67% in 2015 — the second-highest annual percentage increase recorded since 1992, according to FBI statistics released Monday. In 2001, after the Sept. 11 attacks, recorded anti-Muslim hate crimes jumped by 1,618% from the previous year.
And a little extra
The Anti-Defamation League has new demands for Twitter and Facebook after documenting a “significant uptick” in anti-Semitic harassment. The report comes at a pivotal moment, days after Trump’s victory, as alt-right trolls across the internet are gearing up for an ideological war fought with false information and aggressive harassment on Twitter.
National black faith leaders called on Trump to rescind Steve Bannon’s appointment as chief strategist. They’re urging President-elect Trump to reconsider the appointment, citing the need for him to lead a nation “struggling to move past a deeply divisive campaign.” Removing Bannon would be a unifying step, leaders wrote in an open letter, that would help Trump live up to his victory speech promise.
And as a broader movement, Black Lives Matter is bracing for a Trump presidency and trying to figure out what’s next. The specter of a law-and-order presidency has created an unfamiliar dynamic inside the influential movement.
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?
“It’s just another way of killing our people.”
In a landmark lawsuit, the Rosebud Sioux tribe is suing its government-run hospital for failing to provide the free health care they say has been promised since 1868. The feds, in turn, argue they actually have no legal obligation to provide care.
The US government promised in treaties to provide healthcare to Native Americans on reservations, and set up the Indian Health Service in 1955 to do so. But the IHS has consistently been chastised by federal auditors and lawmakers for providing substandard care to patients, and generally being an administrative mess.
The latest flare-up occurred after the IHS closed three emergency rooms on reservations in South Dakota last year, in rural impoverished counties.
O.J. Semans at a cemetery overlooking Rosebud. Kristina Barker for BuzzFeed News
QUICK THINGS TO KNOW
Harambe: A federal report found barriers between the public and the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit were not in compliance with standards when a 3-year-old boy fell in and was grabbed by Harambe, prompting zoo officials to shoot the endangered animal.
US: The FBI’s Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper resigned on Wednesday, saying that it “felt pretty good” after more than 50 years of service.
Vacation time: Airbnb launched a new product called Trips that allows travelers to book guided tours, restaurant reservations and more on the app. It will launch in 12 cities around the world.
Fancy more fries? McDonald’s said it will start offering table service in the US. Customers dining in will take a bluetooth-enabled token to their tables and servers will bring their orders to them in the new system the company is rolling out.
“All cameras are good cameras.”During a violent protest in Baltimore 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.
A matter of time.Carlos Carromero served 10 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing a man in 1984. After the victim died from related injuries 29 years later, should Carromero have been charged with his murder?
Invasion of the big-brained sci-fi blockbuster! Prestige science fiction features are winning over audiences and earning major Oscar attention like never before. The filmmakers behind the movies hoping to join their ranks, Arrival and Passengers, spoke with BuzzFeed News about how sci-fi could lead Hollywood into a better future.
Amy Adams in Arrival. Jan Thijs / Paramount Pictures