Former US president Barack Obama’s tweet reacting to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has become the most liked tweet ever on the social networking site. The tweet that was posted on Sunday has garnered more than 3 million likes.
Obama tweeted a quote from late South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom that said, “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion.”
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
The quote was split into three tweets, the first of which included a photo of him greeting a group of children through a window that was taken in Maryland, in 2011. Obama followed the tweet with more from Mandela’s autobiography. Each tweet has had more than a million likes and hundreds of thousands of retweets.
"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
As of Wednesday, the tweet has been liked more than 3 million times, surpassing a tweet that American singer Ariana Grande posted following a terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England, in May.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that Obama’s tweet is now the most liked tweet in the history of the social networking site. The tweet is also the fifth most retweeted as well, behind four tweets including Ellen Degeneres’ tweet from 2014 Oscars and Ariana Grande’s previously mentioned tweet.
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