Trump steals social media spotlight during first debate

Now that the first presidential debate is one for the books, here’s how the it unfolded on social media.

According to data released by Twitter, Donald Trump dominated Twittersphere. Sixty-two percent of Twitter conversation went to @realDonaldTrump compared to @HillaryClinton who claimed 38 percent.

The GOP nominee also outshined his Democratic rival in the top three most-Tweeted debate moments. The most discussed moment involved Trump’s description of his temperament.

“I think my strongest asset may be by far is my temperament,” he said at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. “I have a winning temperament.”

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Followed by his temperament comments, he also generated some chatter when he suggested that “stop and frisk”--a policing tactic that has been ruled unconstitutional in New York--is a way to ameliorate street crime and racial tensions.

“...when you have four thousand people killed in Chicago by guns from the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama his hometown, you have to have stop and frisk,” he declared.

The debate’s third most discussed moment on Twitter goes to Trump and Clinton for their heated exchange on their plans to defeat ISIS.

But, overall, the economy still reigned as the most tweeted topic, followed by foreign affairs, energy and the environment, terrorism, and guns.

Those following the debate on Facebook were also interested in Trump’s so-claimed strongest asset-- his temperament. The reality-star-turned-Republican-nominee generated nearly three times as much conversation on Facebook as Clinton did--79 to 21 percent, respectively, according to data released by Facebook.

When it came to the top issues, however, “Facebookers” posted more about taxes than any other issue, including ISIS, racial issues, the economy, and criminal justice, in that order.

 

  • Julia Boccagno

    Julia Boccagno is a news associate for CBS News.