The Labour Party suffered its worst election defeat since 1935 on Friday, but if you were following the election on social media, you probably didn't see it coming.
On basically every analytical metric, Corbyn's Labour was streets ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives.
—Jeremy Corbyn | Vote today 🌹 (@jeremycorbyn) December 10, 2019
A deep dive in the parties' respective social media campaigns by analytics firm Pulsar found that during the campaign, Corbyn added significantly more followers on both Facebook and Twitter than Johnson almost every day of the campaign.
Not only did Corbyn gain more followers, he also had a far more engaged base, with hundreds of thousands more interactions on his posts than Johnson's, according to Pulsar's data.
A compilation of the “pivotal video moments” of the election campaign created by The Guardian newspaper, many of which went viral on social media, was dominated by Conservative gaffes.
This included Johnson's now-infamous attempt to grab the phone of a reporter who showed him a picture of a sick child lying on the floor of an English hospital that had run out of beds.
Labour seized on such moments, with Momentum — a Corbyn-backing grassroots movement — mobilizing an army of activists to create slick attack videos slamming Johnson and the wider Conservative Party, many of which gained millions of views.
The video below, titled “If you're not sure who to vote for, watch this,” got almost nine million views on Facebook.
However, these moments, while explosive on social media, do not seem to have cut through with ordinary voters.
In 2015, then-Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed the supposedly decsivie significance of social media, having just won an election where the Conservatives again lost the online battle.
In a now-famous moment, he declared in a speech that “Britain and Twitter are not the same thing.” Four years later, he appears to have been proved right again.