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Trump snares more Twitter attention than Clinton: study

Publication Date:
06/10/2016
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In the Media

Donald Trump attracts more tweet traffic and support on social media platform than presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

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Tweets supporting Donald Trump are grabbing most of the attention on Twitter in the US presidential race, with the Republican candidate obtaining more support than Hillary Clinton every day except for a week in September, researchers say.

The number of supportive retweets for Clinton spiked sharply above Trump's on only two days during the month - the day following the September 26 televised presidential candidates' debate, and after Trump disavowed his false claim that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

Additionally, 31 percent of unique viral retweets supporting Trump originated from his own campaign account, whereas two-thirds of the pro-Clinton messages were retweeted from her campaign account.

Scientists from the Qatar Computing Research Institute, part of Hamad bin Khalifa University, used the website TweetElect.com, which aggregates tweets on the 2016 presidential election, to analyse whether tweets were favouring Trump, Clinton or neither candidate.

Walid Magdy and Kareem Darwish analysed the top 50 retweets every day for the month. Those were retweeted about 6.7 million times, accounting for more than half of September's total volume of tweets about the presidential election.

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