Round-Up Friday: Week of December 16, 2016

Aleppo’s Evacuations continue as truce holds

As a cease fire was reached and sustained early Thursday, the evacuations have continued to occur across Aleppo, as more than 3,000 people were bussed out on Thursday. According to the article, “the UN says as many as 50,000 are still trapped.” The article also held a statement by the President of Syria stated that he “hailed the “liberation” of Aleppo after more than four years of fighting, saying that history was being made.


US will retaliate after concerns of Russia Hacking the Election

As the concerns continue to pile in of a possible Russian Hacking attempt on the US presidential election, President Obama stated that there will be some sort of retaliation for the possible hacking. According to the comments made in the article, they state that Obama’s comments “indicate that Mr. Obama, in his remaining weeks in office, will pursue either economic sanctions against Russia or perhaps some kind of response in cyberspace.”


Facebook Details New Plan to battle fake news

More news about the election continues to pool in, including the cycle of fake news which Facebook has now shared details about how it plans to battle fake news sites, including using Snopes. The article states that “Facebook also says it will let users report a possible hoax by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post and choosing one of four reasons they want to flag it — from “It’s spam” to “It’s a fake news story.”


December 19 Electoral College vote to be heavily watched

As the events of the 2016 election continue to come out, the Electoral College electors will vote and officially seal the results of the election on Monday, December 19th in their respective states. While this event is rarely watched, it is now being watched with great interest, for the chance that faithless electors will switch their votes one way or the other. The article states “While the electors are generating a usual amount of attention, it is unlikely to have much effect. Republican officials say party lawyers have been in contact with the 306 Republican electors and believe only a few may vote for someone other than Donald Trump.”