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Trump’s Inauguration Numbers On Facebook Are Nothing Short Of Staggering

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

While President Donald Trump’s television viewership numbers from Inauguration Day rank him fifth among the presidents, his Facebook numbers easily put him on top.

On Inauguration Day, some “60 million people on Facebook in the U.S. generated 208 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the presidential inauguration,” Andy Stone, a policy communications representative for Facebook, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Facebook was “not tracking” user data during President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008, but Stone says that “it is a reasonable assessment” to say Trump’s inauguration garnered greater user activity than any previous inauguration. Some of the activity is likely due to the fact that “more people in the US use Facebook generally than did during the inauguration in ’09.”

Facebook was founded Feb. 4, 2004. Trump’s inauguration marks the second transition of power since the site’s launch, with the first being President George W. Bush to Obama. (RELATED: Donald Trump Inauguration Draws 30.6 Million Viewers)

Trump’s inauguration drew 30.6 million viewers Friday from the 12 networks that streamed the event live. The outlets included ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox New Channel, Galavision, HLN, and MSNBC. Fox News got the most attention, averaging 8.8 million viewers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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