The question Is the crime rate for undocumented immigrants “considerably lower” than that of Trump campaign staffers? has received a close vote with a comment saying that likes on Facebook do not necessarily establish that a claim is notable.
I think it would be good to have a reference post here if, or when, "likes" and "shares" can establish notability (and when they can not).
Personally, I think likes/shares can show notability (though I'm unsure about the threshold; it should probably be in the thousands), but it depends on the post/meme. If it is to be expected that the majority of readers take the meme as a joke, but would not actually believe it, that wouldn't seem like a notable claim (that assessment is of course subjective).
For reference, previous examples of Likes/Shares used to establish notability:
- Has Richard Dawkins never learnt a language other than English?: 1917 likes, Closed
- Does Barack Obama have an aunt who was a homeless illegal alien that used government housing for 10 years?: 11k "page likes" (the post only has 155 likes), Open
- Did Canada go from 2.5 million protected lakes and rivers, to just 159?: 1924 likes, Open
- Do over 20 countries have zero tax, but high-quality services?: 6000 likes, Open
- Was Barack Obama nicknamed Barack Oganja?: 332000 likes, Open
- Did scientists warn of the possibility of a zombie apocalypse?: 34942 likes, Open
- Did Eric Trump say Melania is smarter than Michelle Obama?: 4200 likes, Open
Examples of memes without like/share count:
- Is this meme about the former prime minister of India true?: Open
- Did Emmanuel Macron say France deserved acts of terrorism?: Closed
- Did Benjamin Netanyahu say this about Christian Zionists?: Closed
- Do elephants see humans the same way humans see puppies?: Open
So my question is: Can a certain numbers of "likes" or "shares" establish a notable claim? Can memes be notable, and if so, when?
Related: What is a 'notable' claim?