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

PRWeek unveils 2019 Hall of Femme honorees; Facebook temporarily removes Warren ads; Airlines respond to Boeing 737 Max 8 customer concerns; Free pancakes.

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New this morning from PRWeekWe’re honoring 13 trailblazing women in our 2019 Hall of Femme class. Read about the honorees here

Facebook temporarily removed ads from Democratic contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) criticizing the platform. On Monday night, Facebook took down several Warren ads that specifically called for a breakup of Facebook, Google, and Amazon. The social network quickly reversed course and told Politico it took the ads down "because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo. In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads." In a tweet, Warren thanked Facebook for restoring her posts, but added that she wants "a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor." 

What does Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom think of Warren’s plan to break up big tech? Speaking at South by Southwest on Monday, Systrom noted that breaking up companies "is a very specific prescription for a very specific problem." He added that companies shouldn't be penalized merely for their size, and that Warren's solution was "not nuanced enough" and shows "that the understanding of the problem isn't there." (Business Insider)

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are responding on Twitter to customers’ concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8, following Sunday’s deadly Max 8 crash in Ethiopia. Many customers are asking why Max 8 flights have not been grounded. Southwest tweeted: "Our focus on the safety of our operation is constant and unwavering," and American Airlines tweeted: "We are confident in the safe operation of all of our aircraft, including the 737 Max 8, which contributes to our exemplary safety record." Click here for the latest updates on the crash and to see what countries and airlines have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.

It’s National Pancake Day! IHOP is celebrating by giving away free pancakes all day on Tuesday. The big question of the day: Will any pizza brands try to get IHOP back for its Pancizza stunt?

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