Category: Public Relations

3 crisis communications lessons we can learn from the KKK leak

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The hacktivist group Anonymous started leaking the names of over 350 individuals that they claim are Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members on Nov. 5. This incident is potentially damaging to any employer that had an employees name appear on Anonymous’s list.   With the rise of hacktivism, it’s important for PR teams to have a plan… Read More

ExxonMobil under increased scrutiny

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New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has launched an investigation into ExxonMobil to find out whether or not the company lied about the potential effects climate change has on both the environment and their finances.   Schneiderman’s investigation wants to know if Exxon took part in deceptive business practices and fraud. Exxon now has to… Read More

Senate launches Turing Pharmaceuticals investigation

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The U.S. Senate sent the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, a letter on Wednesday informing him that the company is under investigation for the massive price increase of Daraprim.   Turing Pharmaceuticals was hit with a lot of negative PR after they raised the cost of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, but… Read More

Comcast may gain back ‘Worst Company’ title with new data caps

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Comcast has come under fire for their plan to implement a 300GB data cap on their customers’ accounts across Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. Starting Dec. 1, customers will be automatically charged if they go over their monthly limit.   “While we believe that 300GB is more than enough to meet your internet usage needs, if… Read More

Warner Bros. goes above and beyond to rectify endless ‘Batman’ game problems

Batman: Arkham Knight game capture

The PC version of “Batman: Arkham Knight” has been added back to Steam after the game spent over four months off the market while developers worked on fixing the large number of bugs and glitches. The newest “Batman” title from Warner Bros. may be back, but it’s still broken for many gamers.          One… Read More

USDA under fire for mistreating pesticide researchers

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was hit with some negative PR after they tried to censor research published by their entomologist, Jonathan Lundgren.      Lundgren’s research found that monarch butterflies and bees can be negatively affected by a commonly used class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. Before his research started, Lundgren was… Read More

CNBC debate controversy brings high viewership, negative PR

GOP debate October

The GOP debate was the center of controversy on Wednesday night, but it was CNBC that ended up receiving the negative PR instead of the presidential candidates. The network has since faced heavy criticisms over their staff’s handling of the debate.     CNBC moderators attempted to use the debate as their chance to ask hard-hitting… Read More