CIA and FBI chiefs have information that alleges Russian intelligence operatives gained "compromising personal and financial information" on President-elect Donald Trump at some point throughout the 2016 US election campaign, according to a report from CNN. The documents, apparently gathered by a shadowy former British spook, shows that Russia's hacks into the election ranged further than just the attacks on the Democratic party and that the long-time US rival may have the ability to undermine or influence the incoming US President.
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Facebook, by its own account, is not a media company. Which is kind of funny, given how important the platform has become to providing people with information. Today, the social media company announced that it was partnering with ABC News for special US Election Day coverage - a curious move for a company that's so emphatically "not a media company".
As if we needed a reminder of how intertwined Facebook and politics are in 2016, a new report citing top US election officials says that the social media company contributed to substantial increases in voter registration throughout the US during a brief drive on the site last month. This is hardly the first time Facebook has gotten involved with politics. Indeed, Facebook's potential impact on elections is becoming more apparent than ever.