Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Thursday morning

North Korea summit ends with no deal; TikTok in trouble; A View-Master movie?; and other news to know this morning.

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The North Korea summit has ended with no deal. "Sometimes you have to walk," said President Donald Trump in a news conference in Hanoi. After North Korean leader Kim Jong Un demanded to lift sanctions immediately, while not agreeing in exchange to the "coverage" the U.S. required when it comes to denuclearization, Trump ended the summit abruptly. 

TikTok is in trouble. The popular video-sharing app has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle a record-breaking settlement with the FTC over claims that it "illegally collected" sensitive data from children — including voice recordings and their location. The fine relates to Musical.ly, a video-sharing app Bytedance bought in 2017 and merged with TikTok in August 2018. TikTok recently said it’s launching a series of online safety videos in its app.

Remember View-Master? Parent Mattel is teaming up with MGM to produce a live-action film based on the stereoscope toy. On Twitter, people wondered what on Earth such a movie would look like. Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz has been trying to revive sales for the toy company by launching films that feature its famous brands, such as Barbie and American Girl. Mattel launched a film division in September.

Walmart is facing backlash for replacing disabled greeters. The retailer’s blue-vested "people greeters," many of whom are disabled, will be replaced in April by "customer hosts." The hosts will still greet customers, but have added and more physically demanding responsibilities. Customers have started rallying around some of Walmart’s longtime disabled staffers in online petitions and Facebook posts. The change has prompted complaints to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a federal lawsuit in Utah alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The House has passed a sweeping gun bill. It approved the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, the first of two bills aimed at broadening the federal background check system for firearms purchases. The second bill, expected to be passed on Thursday, would extend the period federal authorities have to complete a background check before a gun sale can go through. Under current law, if a check isn't finalized in three business days, the transaction can automatically proceed. (NPR)

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