The social media company made the announcement on Saturday afternoon, following the shocking death of Boseman on Friday night due to colon cancer.
“Fans are coming together on Twitter to celebrate the life of Chadwick Boseman, and the tweet sent from his account last night is now the most liked tweet of all time on Twitter,” the company said in a statement.
Twitter also reinstated the “Black Panther” hashtag emoji in the wake of the star’s death.
“Fans are also working to organize ‘Black Panther’ Twitter watch parties using #BlackPanther and #WakandaForever, so Twitter has turned the original #BlackPanther emoji back on so fans can watch and talk about his legacy together,” Twitter said.
Most liked Tweet ever.
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020
The tweet announcing Boseman’s death was posted at 10:11 p.m. on Friday, and currently has more than 5.6 million likes and 2.9 million retweets at the time of this article’s publication.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” the tweet announced.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
Previously, the most-liked tweet on Twitter was from former President Barack Obama, who shared the Nelson Mandela quote, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.” The tweet was posted on Aug. 12, 2017, the same day as the deadly Charlottesville, Va., car attack at a protest against white supremacists.
Obama’s former record-holding tweet has 4.3 million likes and 1.6 million retweets.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
After Boseman’s death, Obama was one of the countless people to post a tribute to the actor, who played Jackie Robinson in the film “42.”
“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson,” the former president wrote. “You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.”
Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years. https://t.co/KazXV1e7l7
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 29, 2020