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

Trump Facebook post killed; Michael Cohen's PR job; Russia's COVID-19 propaganda; E! News cancelled; Nintendo's $1 billion profit.

Facebook removed a post from President Trump's page late Wednesday. The post contained a clip of a Trump interview with Fox News in which he said children are "almost immune" from COVID-19. In a statement, Facebook said it removed the video because it "includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID-19 misinformation." (USA Today) Twitter also stopped the @TeamTrump account from tweeting until the video was removed. (Deadline) The CDC has said children and infants can and have, in fact been infected by COVID-19. However, most known cases have been in adults.

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen may soon make media appearances for a political action committee. On Wednesday, Cohen's attorney sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein about the potential job to ensure the judge did not object. Until recently, Cohen had been serving his three-year sentence for campaign fraud at home because of a prison coronavirus outbreak. Two weeks ago, Hellerstein agreed that Cohen had been reincarcerated in retaliation for his plans to publish his book "Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump" and sent him back home. (New York Post)

The State Department released a report Wednesday calling out Russia for a sophisticated COVID-19 propaganda campaign. The report centers around tactics Russia used to push coronavirus disinformation as the pandemic spread but it did not address Russian interference in the 2020 election. However, CNN reports, the State Department separately offered a $10 million reward for "information leading to the identification or location of any person who, acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with US elections by engaging in certain criminal cyber activities."

The entertainment news show "E! News" has been cancelled along with the shows "Pop of the Morning," and "In the Room." Originally an evening show based on the West Coast, the entertainment broadcast moved to mornings and New York a year ago. Over the years, E! News has been fronted by Ryan Seacrest, and Maria Menounos, among others. (Variety)

On Thursday, Nintendo reported fiscal Q1 profits of $1 billion, a six-fold year-over-year jump. Between April and June the company sold 10 million copies of the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Sales of other game's have spiked as well and overall, Nintendo's Q1 quarterly sales doubled to $3.4 billion. Brands not usually associated with gaming have recently planned activations in Animal Crossing's virtual universe including the NFL's Detroit Lions, fashion house Valentino and apparel company Marc Jacobs. (Associated Press)

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