Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Wednesday morning

Global Instagram outage; Avoid 'Presidential Alert' panic; New emojis.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Don’t panic. Instagram is back up and running after a brief worldwide outage this morning. Earlier Wednesday, users around the globe were seeing a "couldn’t refresh feed" message as they searched for their friends’ latest dinner pics. The outrage was probably not the welcome that newly installed Instagram head Adam Mosseri was expecting.

Don’t panic, part two. Your smartphone may start acting funny at 2:18 p.m. EST today, when FEMA tests the Presidential Alert system, designed to alert Americans about national emergencies. No, you cannot opt out.

Hopefully this isn’t the message...President Donald Trump mocked the testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign event in Mississippi on Tuesday night to cheering and hooting from the crowd. After weeks of relative silence on the issue, Trump’s comments were described by The Washington Post as "a riff that has been dreaded by White House and Senate aides."

Maybe this is what he’s upset about...The New York Times rolled out a massive special investigation late Tuesday afternoon that cuts into the self-made Trump origin story by describing the president’s upbringing as more silver spoons than bricks and mortar. The top line: it claims Trump enriched himself by helping his parents avoid taxes for many years.

That’s not a bagel. Get ready to be upset, New Yorkers. The latest batch of emojis includes a bagel that your local breakfast joint wouldn’t be caught dead serving. Also new: softballs, lacrosse sticks, redheads, and creatures including raccoons, kangaroos, and llamas.

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