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Barack Obama’s post-Charlottesville tweet is the most ‘liked’ in history

Former US President Obama tweeted a quote from former South African President Nelson Mandela in response to the violence in Charlottesville in Virginia.

world Updated: Aug 16, 2017 14:06 IST
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By Tuesday morning, the tweet had more than 2.4 million likes, making it the second most-liked tweet of all time(Twitter Photo)

Former US President Barack Obama’s tweet in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has become the platform’s most liked post of all time. The southern university town witnessed violent protests as a white supremacist, alt-right clashed with leftist protestors over the removal of a Confederate statue.

Obama tweeted Saturday night: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...” The quote comes from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom.” Obama posted the tweet alongside a picture of himself smiling at a group of children of different races.

By Tuesday morning, the tweet had more than 2.4 million likes, making it the second most-liked tweet of all time. Singer Ariana Grande’s tweet following a deadly bombing at her concert in England holds the top spot with 2.7 million likes. By Wednesday, it had surpassed Grande’s tweet, with 2.9 million likes, and became the most liked tweet in Twitter’s history.

First Published: Aug 15, 2017 22:26 IST