Debate shatters social media records

Debate shatters social media records
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Sunday night’s presidential debate broke records on both Facebook and Twitter, according to the platforms.

A Facebook spokesperson said that with 19.8 million people producing 92.4 million likes, comments, shares and posts related to the debate, the clash between Republican Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE was the most-discussed debate in the company’s history. More than 18 million people talked about the previous debate on Facebook.


Trump, as is often the case online, dominated the conversation. Facebook estimated that he accounted for 76 percent of the chatter, while 24 percent belonged to Clinton.

The most-discussed moment of the debate on Facebook came when Trump dismissed the position of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Dozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address MORE, on Syria.

“He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree,” he said.

Twitter said that discussion of the debate had broken a record on its platform, as well. More than 17 million tweets were sent relating to the debate, according to the company.

Like on Facebook, Trump’s break with Pence generated the most chatter on the platform. Trump’s comments that he was a “gentleman” and that if he were president Clinton would be in jail rounded out the top three moments of the debate on both social networks.

The debate was closely watched after 48 difficult hours for the Trump campaign, which had been in freefall since The Washington Post and others reported on a 2005 recording in which he talks about kissing women and describes, using explicit and vulgar language, grabbing women by their genitals.

He also talks about trying to seduce a married woman.

Trump has expressed regret about the tape on Sunday night but denied that he had ever committed sexual assault.