The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday March 23)

March 23, 2018

These are the biggest stories in the world today.

Mark Zuckerberg to face questions in CNN interview exclusive

Zuckerberg will sit down with CNN’s Laurie Segall for an interview that will air on “Anderson Cooper 360” at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The interview comes amid an uproar over news reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, accessed information from about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Facebook has a problem that not even Mark Zuckerberg can solve

The problem that was apparent time and time again during Zuckerberg’s sitdown with CNN’s Laurie Segall on Wednesday is that, even as he pledged to solve the problems that have plagued the social media giant — its role in the proliferation of fake news during the 2016 election and the accessing of more than 50 million user profiles by Cambridge Analytica — he acknowledged that doing so is an impossible task.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy: ‘I am accused without physical evidence’

“I am accused without any physical evidence,” Sarkozy wrote in an opinion piece published Thursday in French Newspaper Le Figaro. A source close to the case told CNN Wednesday that the 63-year-old had been placed under formal investigation for illicit campaign financing, passive bribery — illegally receiving money — and concealment of embezzlement of Libyan public funds.

US prepares to leave Iran deal, even as talks with Europe continue

Trump set a May 12 deadline — the next date by which he has to waive sanctions against Iran or leave the deal — for the US and its European allies to agree on changes to address what he sees as its flaws.

Trump furious over leak of warning to not congratulate Putin

President Donald Trump was infuriated after it quickly leaked that he had been directly instructed by his national security advisers in briefing materials not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory during their call Tuesday morning, a source familiar with the President’s thinking said.

New Tesla pay package could make Elon Musk the richest man alive

A new payment plan for the CEO was approved by Tesla shareholders Wednesday, a spokesperson confirmed. The incentive-based package essentially states that if Musk hits a series of performance milestones between now and January 2028, and he drives his electric car company’s market value 12 times higher – taking it from $54 billion to $650 billion – he’ll become astronomically rich.

We made mistakes, admits Facebook chief

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network “made mistakes” that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients.

I’m living in hell, says France’s Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says allegations he received campaign funding from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are making his life “hell”. “I am accused without any physical evidence,” Mr Sarkozy told magistrates as he was placed under investigation, Le Figaro newspaper reports.

The community of 2,000 people with 151 cases of sex crime

Norwegian police have documented 151 cases of sexual abuse, including child rape, in one small community of 2,000 people, north of the Arctic circle. The offences occurred over decades – between the 1950s and 2017 – but were only recently uncovered. How could such serious sex crimes go unchecked for so long?

Trump set to announce China sanctions

The Trump administration plans to announce sanctions against China on Thursday after determining that the country is encouraging the theft and transfer of intellectual property from US businesses. The White House said the actions come after years of talks about the issue that failed to produce change.

Under fire Peru president resigns

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has quit over a vote-buying scandal. He has denied wrongdoing but said on Wednesday that he did not want to be an obstacle to the country’s development. Party leaders in Congress later agreed to accept President Kuczynski’s resignation. He had been facing an impeachment vote on Thursday.

Police Find Recorded ‘Confession’ On Austin Bomber’s Cellphone

Police on Wednesday said they had located a recorded “confession” on a cellphone found in the possession of the Austin, Texas, bomber. At a news conference Wednesday evening, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said authorities found the roughly 25-minute recording on a cellphone belonging to Mark Anthony Conditt.

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”

Until he was stripped of his top-secret security clearance in February, presidential adviser Jared Kushner was known around the White House as one of the most voracious readers of the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified rundown of the latest intelligence intended only for the president and his closest advisers.

Hawaii Democrat Resigns In Response To Sexual Harassment Claims He Still Denies

A long-serving Hawaii lawmaker will resign from his post at the end of the month in response to sexual harassment complaints made against him by several women. Hawaii’s State Ethics Commission said that state Rep. Joe Souki, an 84-year-old Democrat who previously served as the state’s House speaker, has admitted to touching and kissing “more than one woman in ways that were inappropriate and unwelcome.”

This Man Was Only Carrying A Cell Phone. Police Shot And Killed Him Anyway.

Sacramento police fatally shot Stephon Clark in his own backyard, carrying a cell phone that was mistaken for a gun.

Jimmy Kimmel Finally Answers The Question: Is Trump ‘Crazy Or Just Dumb?’

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel mocked President Donald Trump on Wednesday night over his struggles with spelling. “The president’s nubby little fingers must’ve been going so fast, he made some mistakes,” Kimmel said, referring to a typo-ridden tweet in which Trump ranted against the special “council” Robert Mueller and “wether” crimes exist.

Don’t forget: Instagram is creepy, too

Say it with me: Instagram is bad, too. With Facebook in the news for all the wrong reasons this week, it may be tempting to overlook the social media giant’s photo-oriented sibling, Instagram. That would be unwise.

How Lupita Nyong’o trained for ‘Black Panther’

Lupita Nyong’o plays the character of Nakia in Black Panther, a warrior with a street-style type of fighting. The actress spilled details about the intense training that went into preparing for the role.

Netflix to hackers: Bring it on

Netflix wants you to hack it. Well, sort of. The entertainment and streaming company announced Wednesday the launch of a public bug bounty program designed to allow security researchers to responsibly disclose vulnerabilities, and, notably, get paid for doing so. The idea is not a new one, and in fact Netflix has done this privately since 2013.

You can finally add hashtags to your Instagram bio

Instagram is following in Twitter’s footsteps today. You can finally put hashtags and profile links in your Instagram bio. (Yeah, you couldn’t do that before, in case you didn’t notice.) Now when you type an @ sign or a hashtag followed by text in your bio, it’ll appear as a live link on your profile.

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