This week in public relations and current events was full of head-turning headlines…and faces. Here’s just a few of the things that occurred within the last week.
- Though this news is probably more relevant to this blog’s younger readers, it’s news nonetheless. The Unicode Consortium announced the release of 250 new emojis. Making their debut in late July, the emojis include icons that have been highly requested by users as well as a few (well, several) that will probably never be touched. Let me know if you figure out a way to incorporate three types of floppy disks into a text. (CNET)
- In response to Russia’s recent crackdown on social media, Twitter executive Colin Crowell took a trip to Moscow to speak with representatives from the Russian government. Though details of the meetings have not been disclosed, President Vladimir Putin has always been weary of the internet and Crowell’s goal is to ease any fears that Twitter is used in any way as a “government tool.” (BuzzFeed)
- American Apparel president and CEO Dov Charney has been suspended pending a “month-long ‘cure period.'” Though the reason for his release was not stated in the press release announcing his dismissal, Charney has been the center of a few sexual assault allegations in recent years. In addition to those rumors, the American Apparel stock had been performing poorly for a while now, with stock prices only rising the morning after Charney’s firing. (Refinery29)
- During a new program unveiling, T-Mobile CEO John Legere compared his competitors to rapists saying, “These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have, if they could do something nice for you they would. The f—ckers hate you.” Naturally, this sparked a huge social media backlash with many angered T-Mobile customers voicing their disgust for the CEO. The next day, Legere also took to Twitter issuing an apology. (PR Daily)
- Remember my comment about this week’s head-turning faces? Just yesterday a mugshot released on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page went viral. Why? It just so happens that the arrested citizen, Jeremy Meeks, is quite handsome. By the end of the day, the photo of Meeks had accumulated over 30,000 likes, 9,400 comments, and had been shared over 2,900 times! That has to count towards good behavior, right? (FOX News)