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 TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea 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 PenceBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Pelosi dismisses GOP criticism of Omar: 'They do not have clean hands' Pence rips Omar's 'inadequate' apology for tweets criticized as anti-Semitic 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.