The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.28.2016

Facebook apologizes for Safety Check malfunction; Advocacy groups sue North Carolina over LGBT law; Tribeca Film Festival pulls anti-vaccination documentary; Clinton email inquiry drags on; Billy Dee Williams returns to iconic pitchman role.

Robert De Niro said an anti-vaccination documentary won't air at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. (Photo credit: By Angela George, CC BY-SA 3.0).
Robert De Niro said an anti-vaccination documentary won't air at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. (Photo credit: By Angela George, CC BY-SA 3.0).

Facebook apologizes for Safety Check problems
After a bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, killed nearly 70 people on Sunday, Facebook activated its Safety Check feature. However, this time, it asked users as far away as the U.S. to check in, spooking some people nowhere near the terrorist attack. The company apologized yesterday.

We activated Safety Check today in Lahore, Pakistan, after an explosion that took place there. We hope the people in the...

Posted by Disaster Response on Facebook on Sunday, March 27, 2016


Advocacy groups sue North Carolina over anti-LGBT law
Equality North Carolina and the ACLU of North Carolina are suing the state along with three individuals over a law passed last week that stops local governments from passing their own LGBT protections. Companies and cities around the country are speaking out against the measure.

Tribeca pulls anti-vaccination documentary
After weeks of complaints, organizer Robert De Niro said this weekend that an anti-vaccination documentary won’t air at the Tribeca Film Festival. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe backs the widely discredited claim that vaccines are linked to autism.

Investigation into Clinton emails drags on
Federal investigators are setting up interviews with aides and advisers to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as part of their inquiry into her use of a private email server. The scrutiny guarantees the investigation will stay in the headlines for weeks heading into the heart of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Billy Dee Williams is back as Colt 45 spokesman
Seventy-eight-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams is set to return this week as the pitchman for Colt 45. His five-year stint as its spokesman started in 1986. The Star Wars actor will be at the center of a print, online, and TV campaign promoting the malt liquor.


What to know on Monday:
White House rolls out video celebrating 138 years of Easter egg rolls. Tesla to unveil Model 3 next week as stock rebounds. Tough questions for Raul Castro were the first in a half-century for a Cuban leader. Batman v. Superman overcomes terrible reviews for big opening weekend. Vice: How to make a bot that isn’t racist. More than 40,000 sign open-carry petition for Republican National Convention. 

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