Breakfast Briefing, 12.18.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning

Need to know news for Monday morning on Bloomberg's launch of TicToc and social media networks' efforts to crack down on fake news.

Nearly 1,200 flights were cancelled due to an hours-long power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday, which brought the busiest airport in the world to a halt. The airport used Twitter to communicate with the outside world until power was restored late Sunday night.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is selling the team as he faces an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and using racist language at work. The team announced the sale with a five-paragraph letter posted on Twitter. One prospective buyer is hip-hop mogul Diddy, who tweeted his interest on Sunday.

Bloomberg is launching its streaming TV service on Twitter on Monday, with content focused more on general stories and less on financial reporting, according to The Wall Street Journal. The service will be called TicToc by Bloomberg.

There’s plenty of news this morning on social media platforms cracking down on fake news and bad actors. Facebook is taking on engagement baiting posts. Google is blocking sites that mask their country of origin from search results. Twitter will begin suspending accounts associated with hate groups.

Fake news is also on the mind of Pope Francis, who told reporters this weekend to avoid committing "sins of communication." The pontiff also plans to dedicate his yearly communications message to the topic of fake news, according to Axios.

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