Trump's call to ban Muslims draws fire on social media
By Angela Moon and Melissa Fares
NEW YORK Dec 8 (Reuters) - Republican presidential contender Donald Trump's demand that the U.S. stop allowing Muslims into the United States lit up social media on Tuesday, as critics of the proposal around the world took to Twitter and Facebook to express their outrage.
In Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, Twitter user @aulia, said: "Donald Trump has made America dangerous. He doesn't need to win to turn the US into Nazi Germany."
In the United States, just five states accounted for more than half the American Twitter traffic on Trump, according to Keyhole, a real-time social media analytics tool. The biggest buzz came from New York state, home of one of the largest Muslim populations in the country and the origin of 15 percent of all mentions of Trump.
California followed with 14 percent of the volume, while Texas grabbed the No. 3 spot with 12 percent. Virginia and Georgia, at 5 percent each, rounded out the top five states.
Worldwide, U.S. mentions of Trump accounted for 58 percent of the total, with Canada a distant second with 5 percent and Germany at No. 3 with 4 percent.
The Republican presidential front-runner made his proposal on Monday, sparking a torrent of criticism from both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, the White House, senior Obama administration officials and congressional leaders that extended into Tuesday.
On Twitter, the most popular hashtags associated with the outspoken billionaire candidate following his proposal were #TrumpisnotmyAmerica and #DontVoteTrump.
More typically, hashtags most popularly associated with Trump are #Trump, #Trump2016, #DonaldTrump and #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, according to online research firm Hashtagify.me. Continuación...