White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims that the audience for President Trump's inauguration was the:

largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around the globe

Source: "Trump team in fresh war of words with US media", BBC News, 22 Jan 2017

Is this true?

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    I wasn't sure if "around the globe" means any inauguration in another country or if it meant tv viewership, for which there would be no global data (at least not available that fast). It still would fail the "in person" side.
    – rougon
    Jan 22, 2017 at 20:02
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    Kelly-Anne Conway weighed in - this statement was "alternative facts". Jan 22, 2017 at 20:31
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    @Mohammed For the people attending in person it would have to be an estimate - which seems ok to me so long as the methodology is the same for all the events compared. For TV there should be viewing figures (an estimate in a way as well, but the methodology is standardised at least).
    – A E
    Jan 22, 2017 at 21:55
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    @MohammadSakibArifin although there is not data to calculate the number of people, there is data to answer the question as asked, so I don't see why it is closed for this reason.
    – rougon
    Jan 22, 2017 at 23:54
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    @Sklivvz this can be answered now. The claim is obviously false, which multiple reliable sources have already stated. Given that one side does not use actual facts, I highly doubt that there will ever be "undisputed" numbers. But we do know for a fact that this was not the largest audience ever.
    – tim
    Jan 23, 2017 at 9:42


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