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Social media roars for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Social Cues: The site's founder becomes the top trending topic on both Facebook and Twitter after he loses internet access.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had his internet access cut off by a government party, the organization said.
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Julian Assange, social media has your back.

The top trending topics on Facebook and Twitter right now are related to a cryptic tweet from the WikiLeaks account sent at about 10:30 p.m. PT Sunday. Since then, supporters of Assange, WikiLeaks' founder, have marshaled their forces across social media.

Social Cues is a daily feature on what's trending among your friends and followers. Here's what people are talking about Monday morning on Facebook and Twitter:

Julian Assange: According to a WikiLeaks tweet, Assange's "internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party." Assange's name was the top trending topic on Facebook, with more than 1 million people talking about him and the incident. On Twitter, #FreeJulian was a top trend, with accusations that the US government is responsible for his lost internet access.

Trump TV: If Election Day doesn't go Donald Trump's way, you still might be seeing plenty of the Republican candidate. The topic was trending on Twitter after a Financial Times report that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been in talks for a post-election TV startup. Twitter users chipped in their reactions on what a 24/7 Trump channel would look like.

Orange County, North Carolina: A firebombing severely damaged a Republican campaign headquarters in North Carolina over the weekend, with many calling it an attack on democracy. "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" was spray-painted nearby. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed outrage on Facebook about the bombing.

Colin Kaepernick: On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback started his first game of the season, squaring off against the Buffalo Bills. Kaepernick had been making headlines in recent weeks for his protest against police brutality, choosing to kneel during the national anthem at the beginning of games. Bills fans protested Kaepernick playing, while cheering on their own team. Facebook users said a T-shirt with a rifle sight pointed on the quarterback was taking it too far.

Treehouse of Horror: "The Simpsons" hit its 600th episode on Sunday, 27 years after Matt Groening's animated series debuted. The landmark episode was also the series' annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween special. The topic was trending on Facebook with users congratulating the series for reaching the milestone, while others argued that the show has lost its touch.

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