Election 2016 is over, but the hard feelings — at least on social media — may linger well beyond the closing of the polls.
In the runup to Tuesday's hard fought presidential contest, social media users on Twitter and Facebook found themselves regularly embroiled in heated political arguments. For many, the only way out was through the practice of unfollowing, blocking or outright "unfriending" those with whom they disagreed — even family members.
A recent Monmouth University poll found that 7 percent of voters lost or ended a friendship because of the battle that pitted Republican President-elect Donald Trump against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The report noted that figure was in line with recent election cycles, despite the vitriolic contest that saw two of the most unpopular candidates in recent history vie for the White House.
Perhaps nowhere was the phenomenon of broken relationships more visible than on Facebook, a microcosm of real-life. A Facebook spokesperson told CNBC that the social network doesn't track the number of accounts that choose to sever contact with others, but said the election generated 10 billion posts, likes, comments and shares among nearly 300 million users across the world.