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

Trump to visit Pittsburgh; Kids' apps crammed with ads; Musk tweets cause confusion - again; Cristiano Ronaldo is most-followed person on Instagram.

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

President Donald Trump is traveling to Pittsburgh today, after a gunman shot and killed 11 worshippers at the city’s Tree of Life synagogue over the weekend, the White House announced Monday. A senior administration official told ABC News that the president will likely meet with first responders, community leaders, and the synagogue’s rabbi. Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh penned an open letter to Trump that said he is not welcome in the city because of his rhetoric against minorities.

Wait, Trump isn’t totally against news media? In a White House press briefing on Monday, press secretary Sarah Sanders denied that Trump is blaming the press for contributing to "great anger" in the country. Sanders also denied that Trump was referring to the media broadly when he called the "Fake News Media ... the enemy of the people" in a Monday morning tweet. Sanders explained he is talking about "the growing amount of fake news" in the country. However, she could not name any "fake news" outlets.

The majority of kids’ apps are crammed with ads. 
University of Michigan Medical School study of the most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and under found that 95% of them contain at least one type of advertising. The researchers said this seems to violate Federal Trade Commission rules around unfair and deceptive advertising, according to media reports.

Elon Musk’s tweets are causing confusion again. The Tesla chief said in a Twitter post on Monday afternoon that he "deleted" his Tesla titles last week to see what would happen. "I’m now the Nothing of Tesla. Seems fine so far," he tweeted. In a later tweet, he said he would take the title of president to fulfill legal requirements for company officers, or "it will confuse the authorities." Musk’s tweet referred to the recent deletion of his titles on the management page of Tesla’s website, where titles of two other execs were also removed. His tweets come a month after a settlement with federal regulators intended in part to better govern his public statements.

"Heading" to the top. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is now the most followed person on Instagram, surpassing singer Selena Gomez. Ronaldo, who announced in July he was leaving Real Madrid for Juventus, has 144,338,650 followers to Gomez’s 144,321,029. In her most recent Instagram post on September 23, Gomez wrote she is stepping back from social media to live her life "present to the moment." In an Instagram Live video around the same time, she said she doesn’t care how many followers she has on social.

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