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Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards in Santa Monica, California. Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV

The final post on Chadwick Boseman's Twitter account announcing the celebrated actor and producer's death at age 43 has, in less than 24 hours, become the most liked tweet of all time, Twitter announced on Saturday.

Why it matters: It shows the impact Boseman had on so many lives through his work that saw him portray Black icons Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and James Brown, and becoming a hero to children everywhere for his portrayal of T'Challa in "Black Panther."

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.
  • The former playwright never publicly disclosed he was being treated for cancer over the past four years as his career boomed. He is being remembered as an icon in his own right for breaking boundaries in Hollywood.

The big picture: The tweet had 5.9 million likes and 2.9M retweets by the evening, compared to the previous record set by former President Barack Obama in the above post, which has garnered 4.3M likes and 1.6M retweets

Go deeper: What they're saying: The loss of Chadwick Boseman

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Acting DHS chief calls on Twitter to "commit to never" censoring content

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Friday, calling on him to "commit to never again censoring content" on the platform.

Driving the news: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Thursday the platform locked his account and removed a tweet about the effectiveness of the border wall.

Biden to meet with U.S. financial regulators on Monday

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President Biden will meet with financial regulators on Monday.

Driving the news: "The meeting will cover regulatory priorities including climate-related financial risk and agency actions to promote financial inclusion and to responsibly increase access to credit," said press secretary Jen Psaki, according to a press pool report.