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

Biden’s campaign gears up for legal warfare; How social media platforms are dealing with election misinformation.

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

The race for the White House is narrowing. Joe Biden is edging closer to the 270-electoral-vote threshold needed to win the presidency. But at this point, six states remain too close to call: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. (CNN)

But President Donald Trump’s campaign is laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states. His campaign filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, demanding better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and to raise absentee ballot concerns. Additionally, Trump’s campaign said it would ask for a recount in Wisconsin. While the Trump campaign said it is calling for a temporary halt in the counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania, Biden said the count should continue in all states, adding, “No one’s going to take our democracy away from us — not now, not ever.” Biden’s campaign is gearing up for legal warfare.

Protestors are calling on election officials to “count every vote,” in response to the president’s attempted interventions in the vote count. Protesters marched through the streets of several cities including Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, Portland, Oregon, and Minneapolis on Wednesday night. 

Meanwhile, pro-Trump poll watchers gathered outside a ballot-counting center in Detroit, demanding that officials “stop the count” of ballots.  A Facebook anti-lockdown group called Stand Up Michigan to Unlock Michigan, with 79,000 members "who are passionate about advancing freedom,” even mobilized to drive people to a vote-counting location in Detroit. On Wednesday night, Facebook removed the group and a connected page that organized chaos at the Detroit vote counting room, citing potential risk for offline harm, NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny tweeted.

How social media platforms are dealing with election misinformation. Videos alleging mass voter fraud have been going viral on TikTok. In response, TikTok said it took down videos spreading misinformation that had been posted to two high-profile Republican-supporting accounts: The Republican Hype House and The Republican Boys. Twitter and Facebook, meanwhile, have been labeling Trump’s posts questioning the legitimacy of ballots for Biden as false. But the social media sites are facing criticism from the left that their labels and fact checks aren’t going nearly far enough. Democratic lawmakers have also renewed calls for Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump’s personal account.

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