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Analysis: Americans Just Don’t Seem To Care About Comey’s Firing

A social media analysis reveals many Americans don’t seem to care much about President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Social Media monitoring service Social Flow published a report Friday that evaluated big news events in the Trump administration that users interacted with the most, including likes, shares, and comments, including the inauguration, the House passing a new health care bill, and Comey’s firing. The news about Comey fell low on the viral list.

Stories about the inauguration were the most popular in terms of active engagement. Stories about the Republican health care bill in the Senate were the second most active, followed closely articles about President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Social Media users also preferred news stories about the passage of the American Health Care Act, the Syria bomb strikes, and even MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s coverage of Trump’s 2005 tax returns in March received more active engagements from users than stories about Trump firing Comey.

In fact, the only thing Americans cared about less than Comey in the analysis was Trump’s proposed budget cuts.

Social Flow collected likes, clicks, shares, and comments for news stories across 300 news organizations, according to the report. The survey shows the total number of engagements related to the stories within a few days of the event.

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