1 As Election Day Arrives, Feds Warns Of Violence
Election Day 2018 is here and nasty weather is threatening the southeast as people get out to cast their ballots in the midterms. While thunderstorms and heavy rain are promised, parts of Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi are under tornado warnings. But that’s not the only danger to contend with – the FBI is warning local law enforcement about the possibility of violence around the midterm elections. And while that’s not surprising considering recent events. Still, while officials say there are no credible threats, ABC News reports that a joint FBI and Homeland Security bulletin was sent to police across the country "Both domestic extremists and (radicalized jihadists) have previously targeted public events and government officials,” the bulletin offers. “
2 Facebook Blocks Dozens Of Accounts Engaged In “Inauthentic Behavior”
Facebook says it has removed dozens of accounts that may have been engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" ahead of the midterm elections. The social media giant said U.S. law enforcement agencies notified them of 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts linked to foreign entities. Most of the Facebook pages were in Russian and French, while the Instagram accounts were mostly in English. Facebook is now investigating to find out more about the accounts.
"Typically, we would be further along with our analysis before announcing anything publicly. But given that we are only one day away from important elections in the U.S., we wanted to let people know about the action we've taken and the facts as we know them today," Facebook head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a blog post. "Once we know more – including whether these accounts are linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency or other foreign entities – we will update this post.
3 Trial For Census Citizenship Questions Begins
The legal fight to determine whether the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire will feature a question on citizenship is underway. A New York City federal court held its first day of hearings on the matter today. Duke University political scientist D. Sunshine Hillygus said the census question would produce a "systemic undercount" of immigrants. The Trump Administration has denied these claims, saying follow-ups could remedy the supposed decrease in responses. The final ruling could have a long-lasting impact on population data and federal aid.