Obama Tweet in Wake of Charlottesville Breaks Twitter Record, Becomes Most-Liked


It may be President Trump's communication tool of choice, but it's a tweet by former President Barack Obama that has become the most liked in Twitter's history. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.

Obama's tweet included a photo of him greeting small children of various ethnicities at a day care center in Bethesda, Md., in 2011.

The first tweet amassed more than 3.2 million likes, while Mr Obama's follow-up second and third posts garnered more than 350,000 likes each.

In just a few days, the post has gained more than three million likes - setting a new record for Twitter.

The previous most-liked tweet belongs to pop star Ariana Grande whose response to a deadly bombing at her concert in England was liked 2.7 million times.

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The following day, at a "Unite the Right" rally against the removal of a statue of far right leader, Robert E. Lee, a vehicle ploughed into a group of peaceful protesters opposing the demonstration. All 10 tweets, perhaps unsurprisingly, are in English, written by Americans or Brits; nine of 10 come from celebrities or celebrity-status politicians; many of them document historical moments that united people around the world; and all touch on something fundamentally human: fear, sadness, nostalgia, desire, love.

This week, at least, not as much as it loves the target of Trump's race-baiting birther campaign and the man whose legacy he's now bent on undoing: Barack Obama.

He said there was a group on one side that was bad and a group on the other side which was also very violent.

Mr Trump initially condemned "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", but on Tuesday bowed to mounting political pressure and spoke out against the hate groups involved. That has reached 2.7 million likes so far.

However, Obama did not comment on the White House's statements on Charlottesville and has largely avoided criticizing his successor Donald Trump, who has been accused of being racist and sexist by many.