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Twitter: Over 6.8 million watched Trump inauguration stream

Social network says Trump's swearing-in was its most watched live-stream ever, just surpassing its election-night coverage.


A record 6.82 million people watched President Donald Trump's inauguration on Twitter.

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More than 6.8 million people turned to Twitter to watch President Donald Trump's inauguration, the social network said Tuesday.

Twitter said that its six-hour stream of PBS Newshour's coverage on Friday reached a record 6,824,000 million unique viewers, peaking at 377,000 viewers at 9:15 a.m. PT/12:15 p.m. ET.

Twitter added that the inauguration was its most-viewed live stream, just surpassing the 6.8 million who watched the social network's election-night stream.

The inauguration was a top trend globally with more than 12 million related tweets sent, peaking at 58,000 tweets per minute at 12:02 p.m. ET -- right around the time Trump delivered his inauguration speech.


However, there were inauguration-related glitches for Twitter. More than half a million Twitter users noticed on Friday that they were unwittingly following Trump via his @POTUS account when it switched from the control of outgoing President Barack Obama to Trump.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized Saturday. He said in series of tweets that a technical issue caused the problem, which also affected other administration accounts, including @VP, @WhiteHouse and @PressSec.

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