Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 1:04 PM

A Facebook executive admitted on Monday that the company failed to prevent the platform from being used to “foment division and incite offline violence” in Myanmar, says the New York Times. The company pledged to invest more resources to address such abuses of the platform.

Facebook suspended 30 accounts on the site and 85 accounts on Instagram for ties to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization that sought to spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 elections, says the Washington Post.

Findings in a joint report released by the United Nations mission to Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday say that there are as many as 12,000 bodies in over 200 mass graves in areas of Iraq once controlled by Islamic State, reports the Times.

The State Department told lawmakers on Tuesday that Russia has failed to demonstrate that it has stopped using chemical and biological weapons; this finding opens the road to mandatory sanctions against Moscow, says the Wall Street Journal.

A meeting in New York this week between Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, North Korea’s former intelligence chief and leading nuclear weapons negotiator, has been postponed to a later date, reports the Times.

China preliminarily approved 16 trademark applications from Ivanka Trump for products including electoral hardware and semiconductors, according to the Post.

President Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris this weekend, reports the Times. The meeting will be the first between the two leaders since their summit in Helsinki in July.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Matthew Kahn shared National Security Agency General Counsel Glen S. Gerstell’s keynote address at the American Bar Association’s national security law conference.

Mikhaila Fogel flagged a joint statement released on election day by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the FBI affirming their efforts to combat foreign influence efforts.

J. Dana Stuster posted this week’s Middle East Ticker discussing U.S. sanctions on Iran, a new wave of Islamic State attacks and Saudi Arabia’s escalation in Yemen despite calls for a ceasefire.

Paul Rosenzweig reviewed P.W. Singer’s and Emerson T. Booking’s book, “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media”.

Daniel Byman offered some guidance to the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives for how to approach some of the most persistent problems related to counterterrorism and foreign policy. 

Stewart Baker posted this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, a discussion about the likelihood of foreign governments hacking the 2018 midterm elections.

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