Obama breaks Twitter record with Charlottesville tweet

Reuters

Posted at Aug 18 2017 02:31 AM

A tweet by former US President Barack Obama soon after the outbreak of violence at a nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday garnered 2.8 million "likes" to become the most liked Twitter message ever by Tuesday, the social media network said.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...," Obama tweeted, quoting South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

At the time this story was posted early Friday morning (Manila time), the number of "likes" reached 4.2 million.

He followed that record-breaking tweet with the following messages: