‘Alternative facts,’ travel bans spark backlash in PR and beyond

The PRSA speaks out about pros’ responsibility, and execs from high-profile companies respond to Trump’s executive order that bars citizens of seven countries from entering the U.S.

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Airlines were sent scrambling after President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Yemen and four other predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The order, signed Friday afternoon, caused widespread protests that continued even after a federal judge in New York blocked part of the order.

Several airlines issued statements, mainly focusing on relaying necessary instructions to travelers as well as a promise for updated information. However, it didn’t take long for other organizations to make statements of their own.

Executives at technology companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple issued statements about the ban, while others acted out to help those stranded or others trying to help.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive, posted the following:

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