US election was most 'talked about' in 2016: Facebook

The deaths of David Bowie and Muhammad Ali rounded out the list.

As per usual, Facebook created a personalized video for all its users with their biggest moments of the year on the social network.

Filling out the top five are two sporting events - fourth was the Rio Olympics where many Irish champs came out on top, and fifth was one of the biggest football events of the year, the European Championship.

Marine Drive in Mumbai emerged as the most Instagrammed location of 2016 from India, followed by Taj Mahal in Agra and Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi at second and third spots.

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For the second year in a row, the U.S. presidential election was the top discussion across Facebook's 1.8 billion monthly active users. Brexit 4. Olympics 5.

The US presidential election fascinated and divided not only Americans, but plenty of Australians as well. Number one on the Facebook Live video list was Candace Pyne, also known as "Chewbacca Mom" which garnered over 162 million views. the Verge mentions that Payne was the only private user that made it to the Facebook live list. It beat out BuzzFeed's countdown to the 2020 presidential election, CNN and NBC's election results and this oddly soothing stream of Ted Yoder playing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" on the hammered dulcimer.

The story behind the story: It's worth noting that people on Facebook were discussing numerous issues of real substance as opposed to the usual fluff you'd expect from social media, but maybe that's a little too optimistic since fake news played an outsized role in US election discussions on Facebook.

Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game smashed all kinds of record books when it was released mid-way through 2016, also had plenty of people posting. Mentions were analysed in an "aggregated, anonymised way", and then ranked, said the statement. "The top 10 Live videos were measured by total cumulative views".

  • Regina Walsh