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Crayola is apologizing after hackers filled its Facebook page with off-color content. The Forks Township, Pa.-based crayon and marker manufacturer regained control of the page late Sunday and removed the offending posts. TIME “Our sincere apologies to our Facebook community for the inappropriate and offensive posts you may have seen here today,” the crayon-maker wrote on its recently scrubbed Facebook page. The images ranged from sexual innuendos to pornographic cartoons, including one image that imagined what Disney cartoons might look like “If Disney Was for Adults.” Tech Times On Sunday, the company tweeted that it knew about the Facebook situation and was “making every effort it stop it.” Many people took to Twitter to talk about the hack.
U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube Accounts Hacked to Send Threatening, Pro-ISIS Messages (The Next Web)
As Obama delivered remarks at the FTC about cybersecurity, the United States Central Command‘s Twitter and YouTube accounts were taken over by hackers going by the moniker of ‘CyberCaliphate,’ claiming to be affiliated with ISIS. “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base,” read one of the tweets.
Golden Globes: 17M Facebook Interactions (SocialTimes)
Sunday night’s 72nd annual Golden Globes awards generated 17 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 8 million Facebook users during the event, up from 7.2 million interactions and 4.1 million users last year, the social network told Mashable. Here’s a look at the 10 moments during Sunday night’s event that generated the most Facebook buzz.
How Pinterest Has Vastly Improved its Searches with Data (VentureBeat)
Pinterest has accumulated a great big heap of data in the course of running a website where users can pin, like, and simply click on a smorgasbord of content. And that data is going to good use. It’s enabled Pinterest to build a very smart search box.
Report: Facebook Discussed Investment in Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi (SocialTimes)
When Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Beijing last October, part of his trip involved discussions with Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun about an investment in the Chinese smartphone maker by the social network, Reuters reported. The talks occurred during a private dinner, and no transaction ever materialized, according to Reuters.
70 Percent of Marketers Will Increase Social Media Spend in 2015 (SocialTimes)
The vast majority of marketers will increase their social media advertising spend in 2015, reveals a new study. In their State of Marketing 2015 report, Salesforce polled 5,000 marketers about their budgetary changes for this year and found that 70 percent of respondents planned to boost social media ad spend.
Pelham Police Have Bragging Rights on Social Media (Eagle-Tribune)
The Pelham Police Department in New Hampshire is small, but it might be the loudest public safety agency in the state on social media. In December, the 25-officer department earned bragging rights over the Manchester Police Department after getting more Twitter followers than the much larger department, possibly the most of any local agency in the state.
Conan O’Brien, LinkedIn Influencer, Posts Statement on Charlie Hebdo Tragedy (LostRemote)
No one does slapstick like Conan O’Brien, but Conan has also displayed on many occasions the ability to be serious and poignant. Last week, following the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France, Conan took a minute on his show to reflect on what happened.
Bae, is Your Social Media Strategy on Fleek? (Digiday)
A dizzying number of brands, from Taco Bell to Stouffer’s to Seamless, are attempting to sound less like Fortune 500 companies and more like your 14-year-old nephew, at least on social media. According to data crunched by Brandwatch, there have been nearly 17,000 mentions by brands and consumers of the word “bae” or “fleek” online.
British Prime Minister Suggests Banning Some Online Messaging Apps (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
Popular messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp are in the cross hairs in Britain. That was the message delivered on Monday by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications.