Facebook Scrutinized for Fake News, F.B.I. Reports Increase in Hate Crimes

Facebook’s Fake News Crisis Deepens-BBC News

Facebook and Google have both come under scrutiny for fake news sites appearing as ads on their websites. Facebook has denied claims that the company created a tool to remove fake news before the election, but removed the tool because it would look like Facebook was censoring conservative points of view. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook posted his comments about fake news on Facebook on his profile page. “Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even politics,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“California Wildfires” Wreak Havoc Across the South-CBS News

Dry weather and nearly 40 percent of the southeast experiencing drought conditions has fueled an outbreak of wildfires. More than 70 wildfires, in eight southern states such as Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina have already destroyed more than 100,000 acres. Firefighters from California have been called into North Carolina to help the state prevent wildfires from threatening 1,700 structures. “We have California wildfires in North Carolina….” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCroy said.

Attacks on Muslim Americans Fuel Increase in Hate Crime, F.B. I. Says-New York Times

The F.B.I. reported that hate crimes against minority groups has increased with the trend rising in the past week due to civil rights groups and news organizations reporting verbal or physical assaults on minorities inspired by the divisive election. The minority group that saw the largest increase in hate crimes against them were Muslim Americans. There were 275 reports of hate crimes against Muslims including assaults and attack on mosques a 67 percent increase over 2014. Looking at all the hate crimes the F.B.I. reported, 59 percent were based on a victim’s race, ethnicity or ancestry. “We need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it,”F.B.I. Director James B. Comey said.