UK election generates 15 million tweets

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LONDON (Reuters) – More than 15 million tweets were posted during the campaign leading up to Britain’s parliamentary election last week, up 66% on the previous election in 2017, Twitter said on Thursday.

The Dec. 12 election, billed as the most important in a generation, was notably acrimonious as activists, politicians, voters and journalists clashed over everything from Brexit to the health service and whether political leaders could be trusted.

Almost 10,000 tweets were sent in just one minute shortly after the publication of the key exit poll, just after voting ended at 10 p.m.

Twitter was at the centre of an early controversy about


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