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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."

  • 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.

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.

Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.

Biden picks Warren allies to lead SEC, CFPB

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President-elect Joe Biden has selected FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obama-era Wall Street regulator Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Why it matters: Both picks are progressive allies of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and viewed as likely to take aggressive steps to regulate big business.