The same week Twitter came under withering fire from Republicans and others over allegations the social platform was “shadow-banning” some conservative users, Twitter received another gut punch, this time from Wall Street.
As the platform has focused on “cleaning up” its user base, Twitter is enjoying fewer active monthly users than expected, and that has the company’s stock price falling. Twitter told concerned investors that the company expected some of this to happen as they focus their attention on “purging automated and spam … READ MORE »
As incendiary headlines go, this one is tough to beat. Apparently, the owner of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit against more than 1,000 victims of the mass shooting that took the lives of 58 people and wounded many more at a concert back in 2017.
Reaction to the headline, as it made the rounds on social media, was swift and vitriolic. People reacted with rage, directed against the Mandalay, the ownership, and, in general, the class of … READ MORE »
YouTube has been taking heat for “not doing enough” to stop or limit so-called conspiracy videos on its social media platform. While the Google-owned company says it’s trying to make some strides in this area, critics argue it isn’t enough.
Some of the most common targets for criticism are the sort of conspiracy theory videos that promote junk science “theories” about a flat earth or “false flag” school shootings or “government chemtrails” poisoning people. These kinds of videos, even though they are routinely denounced … READ MORE »
What’s happening out in North Dakota? Well, that seems to depend on who you ask. What isn’t in dispute – possibly the ONLY facts not in dispute – is that an oil company wants to build a pipeline and members of multiple Native American tribes are trying to stop it.
If you are hip to yoga fashion you may already be familiar with Lululemon. If not, you may have heard about it recently, and not for reasons the company would prefer. It seems that the founder of the company got in some hot water for some unflattering remarks about his customers.
After some women complained about the company’s pants being too flimsy for their legs, the company’s founder Chip Wilson responded by saying, essentially, that some people should just not try to … READ MORE »
1. I was interviewed extensively by the media the past few days on the crisis PR effect of the tragic shootings in Colorado at the Batman movie. Feature segment on The Insider yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaRo8WrjcH0
I believe while we will see short-term change in marketing, in the long run movie marketing will return to normal. People today are unfortunately accustomed to violence – people will continue seeing movies and cinema numbers won’t be affected.
Warner Brothers responded the right way by quickly … READ MORE »
Kudos to Nike for removing Joe Paterno’s name from the child-care center named after him in Beaverton, Oregon. Sherwin-Williams and Cars.com dropped their sponsorship of Penn State many months ago – and many more will rightfully follow.
The crisis PR situation which Penn State faces is about as bad as it gets – According to a report by a private security firm, Penn State University leaders knowingly covered up the crimes and disgusting deeds of former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the child molester. … READ MORE »
More than a month ago Greg Smith slammed Goldman Sachs in his high-profile public resignation letter. Since then its been continual crisis management for the investment firm. The job of their crisis PR team wont be getting easier anytime soon – In the newest scandal to hit Goldman Sachs, Prosecutors have started a new insider trading probe against a current employee of the firm. Combine that with the upcoming insider trading set to start May 21 for former Goldman Sachs Group director … READ MORE »
We work extensively as a crisis PR agency, and sometimes we need to be aggressive, and hard-hitting. This just released press-release is a “WOW” classic.
From Laura Nelson, Sr. VP Corporate Communications, Current TV
Current terminated Keith Olbermann last Thursday for serial, material breaches of his contract, including the failure to show up at work, sabotaging the network and attacking Current and its executives.
As the old adage says: “When the law is on your side, you argue the law. When the … READ MORE »
Front page news in Europe is that Former Metropolitan Police chief Sir Paul Stephenson has joined a crisis PR agency. Stephenson resigned following allegations of his police force being involved with alleged phone taps with The News of the World.
Might be a first that a police chief joins the public relations world – but I am sure it wont be the last, and his new role will have him counseling crisis clients for a firm whose employees according to their press release … READ MORE »
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Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR and author of best selling PR book, For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations, and a regular contributor to Fox News, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Insights Wired, Everything-PR and more.