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Obama's Post-Barcelona Attack Tweet Got More Traction Than Trump's

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:48:52 Z)

In the wake of today's terror attack with a van in Barcelona both current president Trump and former president Obama sent out tweets expressing solidarity. And even though Obama's tweet was sent out about 75 minutes after Trump's it has already gotten more likes and retweets:

Compare Trump's tweet, which seems to be getting more comments though:

Both graphs will be updating hourly if you want to keep track of how both tweets are doing over the next few hours.


About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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