6 December 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump may be the world’s most famous Twitter user, thanks to his many controversial tweets, but the most popular tweet of 2017 was from his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Three tweets by the former U.S. leader made it onto Twitter’s Top 10 list of retweeted messages for 2017 but there were none from Trump despite his prolific use of the platform.
Trump was, however, the world leader most tweeted about, Twitter said.
A tweet racking up the most “likes,” about 4.6 million as of Tuesday, came from Obama’s personal Twitter account on the day of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The tweet showed a photo of a racially diverse group of children looking out a window at Obama as he smiled back, and bore a quote from Nelson Mandela.
The same Twitter post was the second most re-tweeted of the year, behind a tweet from a teenager trying to win a year’s supply of chicken nuggets from fast food chain, Wendy’s.