The 4 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 5.31.2016

Cincinnati Zoo stands by controversial decision to kill gorilla; Volkswagen saw operating profit rise in Q1; Katy Perry's Twitter account hacked; The latest election news.

Cincinnati Zoo stands by controversial decision to kill gorilla
After a 4-year-old boy slipped into a gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, zookeepers shot and killed 17-year-old silverback Harambe to save the child’s life. "Looking back, we'd make the same decision," the zoo’s director Thane Maynard said on Monday. Social media turned ugly, following the incident, with many shaming the child’s parents for "neglect." Others criticized the zoo for not making its barriers safe enough. Mourners attended a vigil for the gorilla on Monday, and the hashtag #JusticeForHarambe trended on Facebook.

Volkswagen saw operating profit rise in Q1
Volkswagen’s operating profit climbed in Q1 to 3.4 billion euros ($3.8 billion) from 3.3 billion euros a year earlier, the automaker said on Tuesday. Volkswagen is focusing on turnaround efforts at its struggling namesake car brand as it emerges from its emissions cheating scandal.

Katy Perry’s Twitter account hacked
A hacker broke into singer Katy Perry’s Twitter account on Monday night, tweeting out a series of racist messages and leaking one of the artist’s songs. The tweets were quickly deleted. Perry has 89 million followers, making her account the most followed on the platform.

The latest election news: Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol tweets that another presidential candidate -- an independent -- will enter the race for the White House; Data specialists say Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by years in using fast-evolving digital campaigning to win over voters; Trump brags on Twitter about "all Trump night" on Fox News.

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