Locals react to first presidential debate via social media

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People across the world, including in eastern North Carolina, are reacting to the first presidential debate on social media.

A Twitter spokesperson is calling this the most tweeted debate ever.

Many people use social media to voice their opinions, but now, many others are using it to fact check the candidates. According to content-delivery network Fastly, traffic on media sites with fact checkers soared 3,000%.

One example is from one of the night’s top moments online. Trump denied calling global warming a Chinese hoax then tens of thousands shared this old tweet of his from 2012.


In the East, many people on both sides seemed fed up with the candidates.



The most tweeted about topics were the economy, jobs, guns and terror. The moment generating the most buzz online was Donald Trump saying “I think my strongest asset maybe by far is my temperament.”

People in the East took to Twitter on this one too.


Other locals reacted differently to the candidates.


Trump dominated online chatter, claiming 62% of the Twitter conversation and 79% on Facebook.

Another moment gaining a lot of attention was Trump sniffling into the microphone repeatedly. After the debate, Trump told reporters he was given a “defective mic” and “wonders if it was on purpose.”

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