KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Greeting card giant Hallmark says it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on a new holiday ornament that’s stirring customer backlash online.The company took heat Thursday after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater. The ornament alters the carol’s lyrics by removing the word “gay” and emblazoning the sweater with: “Don we now our FUN apparel!”Critics took to social media, accusing Hallmark of making a political statement.The Kansas City, Mo.-based company says it was surprised by the reaction and now realizes it shouldn’t have changed the wording. But a spokeswoman says Hallmark won’t stop selling the ornament.Facebook commenters said they would never again buy Hallmark merchandise and that the change amounted to the company rewriting holiday classics in the name of political correctness.Hallmark released a statement Wednesday saying the multiple meanings attached to the word “gay” meant the sweater’s lyrics would be “open to misinterpretation.”
Mobile Security Telegram Messenger Now playing: Watch this: If China was using a DDoS attack to disrupt the demonstrations, it’d be taking a similar approach to Russia, Iran and Indonesia. The governments in those countries have blocked Telegram, arguing that it was used for anti-government protests and terrorism.Telegram didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 2:49 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:08 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 1 2:46 Share your voice Comment Inside a password-free future Tags Did China set out to disrupt Telegram? Telegram’s founder thinks so. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The distributed denial of service attack that hit Telegram Wednesday came from China, the secure messaging app’s founder said. Pavel Durov’s tweet suggested that the country’s government may have done it to disrupt protests in Hong Kong.In a DDoS attack, an online service gets bombarded with traffic from networks of bots, to the point where it’s overwhelmed and legit users get frozen out. In an explanation Wednesday, Telegram compared it to an “army of lemmings” jumping the line at a McDonald’s and making innumerable “garbage requests.” IP addresses coming mostly from China. Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception.— Pavel Durov (@durov) June 12, 2019 “IP addresses coming mostly from China. Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception,” Durov wrote in a followup tweet.Tens of thousands took to Hong Kong’s streets to oppose a government plan that’d allow extraditions to mainland China. People are worried that it would bring the semiautonomous former British colony under the Chinese government’s thumb. These protesters relied on encrypted messaging services, which let them mask their identities from Chinese authorities, to communicate. Telegram and Firechat are some of the top trending apps in Hong Kong’s Apple store, Bloomberg noted. Out in public, some people masked their faces to avoid facial recognition systems and wouldn’t use public transit cards linked to their identities, according to Bloomberg.