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The world watched and talked about the #TrumpKimSummit on Twitter

By Jonathan Harley
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

With more than 35 of the world’s media outlets live-streaming on Twitter as a sitting US President and a North Korean leader met for the first time in history, there were over 5.5 million views of the #SingaporeSummit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un.

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From political leaders to journalists, from experts to citizens across the world, Twitter was the only platform where you could see every side of the #USNorthKoreaSummit - across a wide range of perspectives to get a more informed point of view - and to talk about it.

Between 1 June when President Trump confirmed the Summit would go ahead and 13 June the day after the event, nearly 4 million Tweets were shared around the world. Below is a global heatmap showing the live Twitter reaction of the #TrumpKimSummit on 12 June.

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This global conversation peaked at 9am SGT on 12 June with 5,200 Tweets per minute as President Trump and Chairman Kim shook hands.

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With two LIVE Blue Rooms, news partners also demonstrated that Twitter is the place to innovate and reach an engaged audience.

Tic Toc by Bloomberg, hosted its first ever live Blue Room stream on Twitter which featured Bloomberg's Korea reporter Jihye Lee (@TheJihyeLee), Chief Washington Correspondent Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) and Bloomberg TV anchor Yvonne Man (@YvonneManTV), answering questions posed on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkTrumpKim

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South Korean broadcaster ArirangTV, in partnership with the Korea Press Foundation, also hosted a live Blue Room moderated by Anna Fifield (@annafifield), Washington Post’s Tokyo-Seoul Bureau Chief, who was  joined by a panel of Korean political experts: Kim Joonhyung, Professor at Handong Global University of Korea; Kim Jiyoon, Research Fellow at the Asian Institute for Policy Studies; John Delury (@JohnDelury), Associate Professor from Yonsei University, and Shawn Ho, Associate Research Fellow from Nanyang Technological University.

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News partners around the world also created Moments to tell the story of the Summit and show how the conversation and commentary unfolded.

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From experts live-Tweeting their analysis and observations around the world, to people on the Korean Peninsular joining the conversation, Twitter again demonstrated that it is one of the the best ways to see what’s happening and to talk about it. Now, with a joint statement signed by the two leaders and the world waiting to see what happens next, Twitter will be the place to continue the conversation and keep track as news breaks - on the Korean Peninsular or anywhere in the world.

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Jonathan Harley

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Director of News Partnerships, Asia Pacific