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WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show

By University of Edinburgh

July 14, 2017

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Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that viral tweets during the final two months of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign show Hillary Clinton was much more heavily criticized on social media than Donald Trump.

The researchers used a computer analysis to study nearly 3,500 social media posts, which together were retweeted more than 25 million times. They found posts relating to WikiLeaks were the most common form of attack on social media for Clinton, who also was heavily criticized on Twitter over a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into her use of a private email server.

An examination of the top 50 most retweeted posts each day between Sept. 1 and Nov. 8, 2016, found there were three times as many posts attacking Clinton than posts in her favor, compared to posts related to Trump, which were split equally in favor of and against his campaign.

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