特朗普是否發布了歷史上最受歡迎的波斯語推文?


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Saeed Ghasseminejad(外交政策智囊團的顧問)昨天claimed

This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history of Twitter. A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump's Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report.

Washington Examiner立即立即重新報告了此聲明。

授予美國總統的聽眾特別是在美國,但聽眾很多,但波斯語的講者卻很多。

唐納德·特朗普總統是否發布過有史以來最受歡迎的波斯語推文?

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Two hours after Donald Trump's tweet, actor Mark Hamill responded with another tweet in Farsi which translates to

Please ignore the fact that I created a travel ban for you and threatened to bomb your cultural sites

At the time of posting this, Hamill's tweet had 278K likes - more than Trump's 267K likes. As of January 25, Trump’s tweet has 369.4K likes, more than Hamill’s 279.7K likes.

You can search for most popular tweets in Farsi, until 14 January, 2014.

Note that Twitter has been banned in Iran since 2009 (NY Times). And though many Iranians are able to circumvent this ban (whether by using a VPN, or by living abroad), this fact does make any statements such as, "A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump's Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report" highly dubious.


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Yes, the claim is currently true, but may or may not have been true at the time of the claim.

[I am going to use the timestamps shown to me by Twitter; these may be regional and differ for you.]

Twitter's advanced search currently shows only five distinct tweets with above 90,000 likes with Farsi as the language:

At January 12th, 9:55am, Saeed Ghasseminejad made his claim.

After that there were more relevant tweets:

  • Mark Hamill quote tweeted Trump's first Farsi tweet. It currently has 279.5K likes.

  • Mark Hamill quote tweeted another of Trump's (English) tweets. It currently has 159.3K likes. [Edit: Link was wrong, and I can't find it now.]

If Trump's tweet only had 100K likes at the time of the claim, then the belly-dancer would still be more popular, but at the time I wrote this answer, Trump's tweet was most popular.

There are some potential sources of error:

  • A deleted tweet (or a Farsi speaker who blocked me on Twitter!) may beat those numbers.
  • Twitter may display different numbers of likes to different people.
  • The Twitter Search feature is not reliable. Tweaking the search to change the minimum number of likes means it sometimes, incorrectly, doesn't show any of these tweets.
  • I can't be sure that there isn't a campaign since the claim to push the belly-dancing tweet up in numbers in an attempt to overtake Trump's tweet.

(The part of Ghasseminejad's claim that this was evidence from a strong show of support by Iranians for Trump's Iran policy is not justified. It is likely a substantial number of the likes were his English-speaking supporters.)