Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 8.12.2016

Simone Biles wins gold, and so does Belize's tourism commission.

Rio update: Michael Phelps got emotional after winning his 22nd Olympic gold medal; Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win swimming gold; Simone Biles won all-around women’s gymnastics gold, and gave the Belize Tourism Board a shout out afterwards. Media flubs: Canada’s CBC confused Phelps, Ryan Lochte as they raced down the stretch; San Jose Mercury News got flack for "Phelps shares historic night with African-American" tweet.


Daily Beast takes down Olympic Grindr story. The website pulled its story on app-enabled Olympic Village hookups, which may have carelessly outed some LGBT athletes, on Thursday night. "We were wrong. We will do better," its editors said in a note apologizing to Olympians.


Twitter takes exception to BuzzFeed story on bullying. The company and former CEO Dick Costolo pushed back against a BuzzFeed report that found the platform’s executives didn’t do enough to combat bullying and abuse. BuzzFeed’s managing editor replied (on Twitter) that the company didn’t respond to his site until the last minute and hasn’t pointed out specific inaccuracies with its stories.


Another change for News Feed. Facebook is altering its News Feed list again, this time saying it will use polls of users from around the world to determine what readers are interested in. What’s less clear is how Facebook will choose what users to survey.

Campaign trail roundup: Politico: Hillary Clinton’s press problem; Trump campaign, RNC schedule "Come to Jesus" meeting. ABC News: Former GOP staffers want party to drop Trump support, focus on downticket races. WSJ: Email questions could haunt Clinton through Election Day.

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