Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 11.23.2016

Oops. Twitter accidentally suspended the account of its own CEO last night.

Editor’s note: There will be no Breakfast Briefing on Thursday or Friday. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers!

Twitter accidentally suspends own CEO. Whoops! Jack Dorsey’s account was briefly suspended on Tuesday night. When the Twitter CEO reemerged with a much smaller number of followers, he blamed an internal error for taking down his account. In other social media company news, Facebook has reportedly developed a censorship tool that could allow it to enter the Chinese market.


New overtime rules on hold. A federal judge in Texas is playing the Grinch to 4 million Americans who were counting on overtime pay before the holidays. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted an injunction in a lawsuit filed by the Chamber of Commerce, other business groups, and 21 states calling the rule unlawful. PR agencies were planning to implement a mix of hiring cutbacks, travel restrictions, and benefit reductions to comply with the regulation, which would have required overtime pay after 40 hours worked a week for employees earning less than $47,500 a year.

Concern about press freedoms. Top journalists expressed their worries that access and press freedoms could be curtailed during the Trump administration at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ dinner in New York on Tuesday night. Trump met with staffers and executives from The New York Times on Tuesday, but has broken with the tradition set by previous presidents-elect by not holding a press conference yet.

Hitting the alt-right in the pocketbook. Digital advertising platform AppNexus has blocked Breitbart from using its service, saying the site publishes content that incites violence "using either coded or overt language." Etsy is also cracking down on items sold on its online marketplace with extremist symbol Pepe the Frog.

Transition watch. Backlash from the right as Trump says he won’t pursue more Clinton investigations. Activists want recount in three states. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley tapped for U.N. ambassador post. Reports: Romney top choice for secretary of state. Democrats Michelle Rhee, Harold Ford under consideration for education, transportation roles. Ben Carson could emerge as HUD pick.

Las Vegas NHL rollout hits snags. The National Hockey League’s expansion team in Las Vegas unveiled its name and branding on Tuesday with a few unforced errors. For one, the team’s identity — it’ll be called the Golden Knights — leaked online before the ceremony. 

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