Here are some of the best of the 17 million tweets sparked by last night's presidential debate

Last night's debate between US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was certainly one of the most heated exchanges in modern political history.

Here are some of the best of the 17 million tweets sparked by last night's presidential debate

By Greg Murphy

Last night's debate between US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was certainly one of the most heated exchanges in modern political history.

In fact, it was the most tweeted about debate with more than 17 million related tweets posted online.

Mr Trump was the most tweeted about candidate with almost 64% of the tweets referencing the Republican.

Mrs Clinton gained 25,000 followers over the course of the night while Mr Trump gained 16,000.

In terms of subject the most discussed topic online was Mr Trump's treatment of women, and especially comments that came to light on Friday which he played off as "locker-room talk".

While addressing the subject, Mr Trump deflected the question onto Bill Clinton's alleged transgressions against women.

"Mine were words, his was action...What he's done to women, there's never been any body in the history of politics in this nation that's been so abusive to women."

Twitter exploded almost immediately when the former president was brought into the debate.

Throughout the course of the hour and a half long debate there were a number of key moments that stood out for Twitter users, namely Mr Trump describing himself as "a gentleman" and disagreeing with his own running mate, Mike Pence, on policies on Syria.

The most talked about point of the night was Mr Trump claiming that Hillary Clinton would be in jail under his administration.

Reactions began almost immediately when both candidates were introduced but did not shake hands before procedings got underway.

Twitter seemed somewhat confused by this.

During the first half hour of the debate things were pretty heated between the two candidates and during an inaudible back and forth, Mr Trump was told that he can proceed with his comment before Mrs Clinton.

"I'm a gentlemen, Hillary. Go ahead."

The folks on Twitter were quick to react to this comment.

Many social media users saw the lighter side of the debate stage set-up with a lot of people on Twitter making the same joke about both candidates.

As we said earlier the most talked about point of the evening was the threat Mr Trump made towards Mrs Clinton by telling her under his administration "you'd be in jail"

"I hate to say it but if I win I'm going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation."

Twitter users gave their opionions on these comments.

Even former US attorney general Eric Holder gave a response.

Twitter user @BayoumiMoustafa claimed a huge victory last night by gaining the most retweeted posts of the evening.

The tweet was reposted over 50,000 times, even gaining retweets from celebrities such as Shonda Rhimes.

The final question of the night came from an audience member who was also an uncommitted voter, Karl Becker.

"Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?"

Many social media users believe this question was one of the most interesting and important of the evening and others thought the way the candidates handled it spoke volumes.

The third debate will take place in Las Vegas on October 19 ahead of the November 8 election.

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