The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 2.12.2016

IPG earnings; Sixth Democratic debate; Rubio gets aggressive; Taylor Swift not impressed with 'The Life of Pablo;' Facebook takes on terrorist content.

Clinton vs. Sanders VI (Image via PBS' YouTube account).
Clinton vs. Sanders VI (Image via PBS' YouTube account).

New Friday morning: Interpublic Q4 earnings
Interpublic Group’s Constituency Management Group, which holds PR firms including Weber Shandwick, Golin, and DeVries, reported 6.5% organic growth for Q4 2015 and 3.6% for the full year. Organic revenue for the holding company at large was up more than 5% for both the quarter and the full year. The holding company beat analysts' forecasts.

What happened last night: Clinton, Sanders spar again
In the sixth Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed again with a focus on attracting minority voters (and discussing Henry Kissinger). The former secretary of state tried to paint Sanders as a "one issue candidate," with unrealistic policy proposals.

How the debate played in the media
New York Times: Hillary Clinton is cool, calm, and effective; Vanity Fair: Fiery Democratic debate ends in a draw; Vox: Clinton finally found her argument against Sanders; New York: Sanders dumped momentum in PBS debate.

On the Republican side…
Fresh off a disappointing finish in New Hampshire, Marco Rubio’s campaign attacks get more aggressive. Cruz campaign pulls a campaign ad attacking Rubio on illegal immigration because it featured a porn actress. Despite long odds in South Carolina, John Kasich stays positive.

Kanye debuts TLOP; Taylor Swift not pleased
Kanye West dramatically unveiled his new album and fashion project, The Life of Pablo, at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. However, pop superstar Taylor Swift is not pleased about misogynistic lyrics about her on the album. West says he sent her the lyrics and she laughed them off; Swift contends that’s not the case.

Instagram lends a hand to marketers
Giving marketers what they’ve been asking for, Instagram is letting brands know how many times a video has been viewed on its platform. It will tally videos watched for three seconds or more as the platform tries to attract more video ads.

Facebook takes on terrorists
The social network is working swiftly to remove terrorist and extremist content from its platform in response to pressure from government officials and counterterrorism organizations. Twitter similarly pushed to delete pro-Islamic State content earlier this month.

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