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Mark Lennihan / AP; Michael Dwyer / AP

Wendy's announced Tuesday that it would partner with Snapchat to allow users to support its Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® (DTFA) by taking selfies using Snapcodes on Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper drinks at Wendy's establishments. But what was supposed to be a day celebrating the Snapchat partnership, was completely overshadowed by a boy who set the Guinness World Record for the most retweeted tweet of all time.

Why it matters: It's hard to make content go viral when it can't be shared. Moments like this demonstrate the powerful amplification advantage that Twitter and Facebook have — especially when it comes to brands presenting themselves in a more relatable way — over a more personal communication tool like Snapchat.

100% fresh tweets: Wendy's created this viral moment through a sharp, timely response that engaged the Twitter community — Google, Hollister, Amazon, United and Apple Music all chimed in — while also honing its corporate social responsibility efforts. Their strategic use of social media, but particularly Twitter has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, the hamburger company clapped back at McDonald's for not using real beef in a tweet that instantly went viral and made national headlines.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.