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Donald Trump outperformed Hillary Clinton in one aspect of the debate: Twitter conversation

Published 20/10/2016 | 07:31

He may not be winning in the polls that matter, but Donald Trump did dominate one area during last night's debate: Twitter mentions.

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Figures released by the social media giant revealed that Trump dominated the Twitter polls: Some 59% of Twitter debate conversation about the two candidates was related to Mr Trump.

The top tweeted moments of the debate were Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton discussing the treatment of women; Mr Trump refusing to say he will accept the election results; and the discussion about Russia and nuclear weapons, with Mrs Clinton calling Mr Trump a "puppet" of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Mrs Clinton gained 13,000 followers during the debate while Mr Trump gained 6,000 followers.

The top retweeted tweet was from Donald Trump's account, which read: "Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?"

The tweet had gained more than 43,900 retweets an hour after the debate.

The most tweeted-about policies during the debate were, in order, foreign affairs, the economy, reproductive rights, terrorism and immigration.

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