Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 11.15.2016

Post-election, Google and Facebook are trying to stop the spread of fake news.

New this morning: Finsbury opens Tokyo office. Looking to boost its operations across Asia, the firm has opened a location in the Japanese capital, led by Kyota Narimatsu, former head of corporate communications at Barclays Japan. He has also been named co-president for Finsbury Japan. The agency has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Singapore, as well.

Better late than never. Alphabet’s Google division and Facebook are taking steps to halt the spread of hoax content by changing their policies to cut off fake news websites from their advertising networks. Critics have questioned the role fictitious news spread by both platforms played in the election of Donald Trump last week. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shot down such claims, but many of his employees aren’t satisfied. Several have formed an "unofficial task force" to speak out about and fix the fake news problem, according to BuzzFeed.

Newspapers see Trump subscription spike. President-elect Donald Trump made the media public enemy number one on the campaign trail this year, but his election has resulted in a spike in subscriptions or donations to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, and others, according to Bloomberg. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has received $7.2 million in the past week, and other civil rights groups are also receiving hefty donations.

Chili’s apologizes to veteran. The restaurant chain has removed the manager of a Dallas area location after it took away the free Veterans Day meal of one customer, Ernest Walker, after another customer made a racially charged complaint that he wasn’t actually a veteran. The chain’s executives apologized to Walker, who is black, over the phone on Monday.

Tributes pour in for Gwen Ifill. Fellow journalists took to social media on Monday to express their grief over the passing of longtime PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who died at age 61 on Monday after a battle with cancer. Ifill, one of the country’s most prominent black journalists, was also a veteran of NBC News.

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