The Breakroom: Social Media Fails, Self-Driving Ubers, Trump's Opioid Crisis Plan

Mar 23, 2018

Today in the Breakroom we talked about this week's top stories. We were joined by Ed Sohn, the Vice President for Product Management and Partnership at Thomson Reuters, Hector Fernandez a professor at Georgia State University,  Kalena Boller the host of "The Credits" podcast, and Kathy Lohr, a former NPR Correspondent. 

  Breakroom Topics:

1. President Donald Trump pushed for the death penalty for drug dealers this week. The specifics of his proposal aren't yet clear, but Trump says it's time to "get tough" on drug dealers. 

"Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or manufacturer and you break the law and peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will charge you and we will hold you accountable," Trump said. "We have got to get tough. This isn't about nice anymore."

2. Facebook faces increased scrutiny after revelations that users' personal information was released to political analytics company Cambridge Analytica. This website was also used as a consulting firm during the Trump campaign. Now the hashtag #deleteFacebook is going around. 

3. Snapchat lost $800 million after an ad appeared on the app asking whether users would rather "slap Rihanna" or "punch Chris Brown," referencing the night Brown assaulted Rihanna in 2009. Stock plummeted after Rihanna condemned the ad. 

4. Kim Kardashian's new concealer line comes in 16 shades, but most of those are for lighter skin tones. Twitter immediately questioned why there don't even seem to be appropriate shades for women of color whom Kardashian featured as models

5. The American Idol revival premiered earlier in March with new judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. One contestant got more than just a golden ticket to Hollywood; he also got his first kiss. When Perry asked Ben Gaze, 19, for a kiss, he said he was "saving it for someone special when he gets into a relationship." Perry comrpomised for a kiss on the cheek, but when Gaze leaned in, Perry turned her head and kissed him on the mouth instead. Some people say this was nonconsensual and a form of sexual harassment; others think it was an innocent kiss done for laughs. 

6. Hip-hop moguls Diddy and Jay-Z created an app that helps you locate black-owned businesses in your area. While this isn't the first of its kind, it helps support the success of African-American businessowners in your community. Would you use the app?