Social Media’s Outrageous Reaction Nelson Mandelia’s Death

This past Thursday, South Africa’s former president passed away. The iconic symbol of peace leaves a legacy after his death. Many, not from South Africa, looked up to Mandelia because of his powerfully humane way of leading. A very respectful idol passed away in peace and will always be remembered.

Millions reacted via Social Media. According to Mashable, Twitter, users generated 7.2 million tweets about his death, including a peak of 95,000 tweets per minute, according to a Twitter spokesperson.

Barack Obama tweeted this: “Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived—a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” —President Obama

"Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived—a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice." —President Obama

On Thursday Facebook’s traffic was higher, Mashable says, A total of 39 million people generated more than 80 million interactions related to Mandela’s death. As to be expected, South Africa was the second most active country in terms of posts about its former president, following only the United States.

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