Social media’s impact on this year’s presidential election

By: Diego Loredo

This year’s presidential election has already been pretty crazy. Add social media to it and you get Bernie Sander’s memes, Hillary Clinton’s “just chillin’” snapchat, and Donald Trump’s many posts on Twitter. It can be pretty difficult to keep up with the presidential election, but thanks to social media, it has made it easier for people (especially the younger generation) to keep up.

There are already numerous social media apps that can help with those who are having a hard time understanding this election. Courtesy of Complex News, there are apps such as Voter, Politifact, and Countable. Voter is similar to Tinder in that it asks you questions about common issues discussed by the candidates and then matches you with one. Politifact, is basically a fact checker that checks statements made by the candidates with their “truth-o-meter.” Finally, Countable is an app that keeps you up to date with what’s happening in Washington D.C.

Tonight’s presidential debate was streamed on Twitter with users able to comment as it happened.

Another impact, and arguably the biggest, is Twitter’s involvement in this year’s presidential election. Twitter has provided coverage for the first two debates, with the 2nd one in particular implementing questions from social media platforms like Facebook to be asked to the candidates. Along with streaming the debate, users are able to discuss with each other and put in their input about the debate. However, most of it is just people arguing and insulting each other because they can’t agree on who to vote for.

A graph that shows how each presidential candidate did on social media (Courtesy of CNET)

Social media has been a huge factor for all of the presidential candidates, not just Clinton and Trump. Thanks to CNET, you can see how all of the candidates did on social media. Social media has already played a huge role in how this year’s election has shaped up and it will only become more influential has the years go by. For now, we just have to deal with Trump’s many tweets and having arguments with random people on Twitter.

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