Aug 27, 2018

A top Facebook PR exec is leaving for Netflix

Rachel Whetstone in 2012. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/GettyImages

Rachel Whetstone, the former Uber and Google PR executive who joined Facebook a year ago, is leaving the company. She's headed to fill the vacant top PR spot at Netflix, as first reported by Recode.

Why it matters: It's obviously been a tough year to be leading the messaging at Facebook. Top PR and policy exec Elliot Schrage said earlier this year that he would be leaving as well.

Caryn Marooney, who ran communications before Whetstone's arrival and had been focused on product communications, will once again lead all communications for Facebook. The company is still looking for Schrage's replacement. Whetstone will remain at Facebook for a couple more months.

While no top executives left Facebook in the immediate aftermath of Cambridge Analytica, there have been several departures of late, including security chief Alex Stamos and business executive Dan Rose, who said last week he was leaving.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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Warren Buffett. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Warren Buffett releases annual letter, reassures investors about future of Berkshire Hathaway
  2. Greyhound bars immigration sweeps
  3. U.S. military officially stops offensive operations in Afghanistan
  4. America's future looks a lot like Nevada
  5. Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins