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

Vote in PRWeek’s Holiday Card Contest; Comms execs quit Huawei; Facebook takes on Apple in newspaper ads.

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

It’s time to vote again, this time in PRWeek’s Holiday Card Contest. Whether your thing is gingerbread cookies, a heartwarming story, caroling or a celebrity appearance, this year’s contest has a choice you’ll like. Check out all the options here.

Watch this space: Huawei’s communications leaders in the U.K. and Denmark have stepped down, the latter over the issue of the company’s facial recognition technology reportedly being used to flag up members of China’s oppressed Uighur minority to the country’s government, according to PRWeek UK. Last week, soccer star Antoine Griezmann cut ties with the Chinese technology company over the reports. 

Young political appointees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are going public with their stories of the politicization of the federal agency’s communications and operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PRWeek broke news days after the election that the CDC is planning to go ahead with its “defeat despair” COVID-19 recovery campaign, but without an influencer element. 

Facebook is attacking Apple’s new privacy policies in a series of newspaper ads running on Wednesday. In ads in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, Facebook contends that the changes will throttle small businesses that advertise on the social platform. Last week, Apple rolled out messages in its App Store to show what kind of data is collected by apps. 

Massachusetts securities regulators are planning to file a complaint today against Robinhood’s trading platform. The state’s Securities Division is set to say that the company aggressively targeted inexperienced investors with its marketing and did not implement controls to protect them, according to the WSJ

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