POLITICS: The 2016 Presidential Debate through social media

by Maria Dobbs, David Prince, and Jess Ku–

Donald Trump Signs The Pledge: Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech to a crowd of people during his campaign. Photo credit: Michael Vadon via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

On Sept. 22, the presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head to head in the first presidential debate of this election cycle.

This debate was moderated by Lester Holt from NBC Nightly News at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

One major change from previous presidential elections is the use of social media. From Twitter posts to Snapchat filters, the debate became the center of attention on all social media platforms. People were able to publicly voice their opinions about candidate’s responses, as well as provide humorous entertainment for others.

In this podcast, we discuss how social media, specifically Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, has influenced this presidential debate and the election in general.