Top global moments, live videos on Facebook in 2016

Facebook has released its top moments of 2016 in its Year in Review list, which highlights the most talked about stories, events, and trends by people on Facebook from around the world.

Facebook users will also see a personalized video of meaningful moments from their own year at the top of the News Feed, that they can edit and share with family and friends. This can be easily accessed by visiting

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Here are 2016’s top moments on Facebook in the world:

Top Global moments discussed on Facebook:

#1 US Presidential Election

It’s no surprise that for the second time in a row the US Presidential Election was the number one topic discussed on Facebook – as it has been in past presidential election years. For the first time ever, Facebook streamed the presidential debates using Live video. This gave people around the world easy access to the debates and created real-time discussion on Facebook. 30 million people viewed election results via NBC News’ Facebook Live broadcast.

#2 Brazilian Politics

On March 16, hundreds of people went to the presidential palace to protest Lula’s appointment as Chief of Staff of the Presidency, and also turned to Facebook to share their views, generating over 4M conversations. Then next day when Lula was sworn in, another 4M people turned to FB to share their views.

#3 Pokemon Go

People created groups and real-world events tied to the game, bringing players together to search for Pokemon. Over 7,000 groups were created, serving as communities for players – for people to learn how to play, get latest updates on servers and the game. The Pokemon Go Global page attracted over 200,000 active members, mostly from US, PH and IN.

#4 Black Lives Matter

Live proved a powerful tool for bearing witness and making more people feel connected through firsthand accounts.

#5 Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election

On May 9, the Philippines elected their 16th president, Rodrigo Duterte. In the days before and after his election, over 10M people went to Facebook to discuss his election.

#6 Olympics

Facebook was a destination where people could follow athletes, updates on events, and root for their country’s team with filters and profile picture frames. Gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps used Facebook Live to announce his retirement. Teams, athletes and sports media used Facebook to connect directly with fans and bring them behind the scenes during the games.

#7 Brexit

People turned to Facebook to express both excitement and dismay at the news. The conversation erupted after the vote, with over 16M conversations taking place after the Referendum on June 23.

#8 Super Bowl 50

60 million users generated some 200 million posts, comments and likes about Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton and Peyton Manning were at the center of the conversation, with over 10M people talking about Peyton Manning and 5M about Newton

#9 David Bowie

Over 45M people went to Facebook to memorialize the singer, and fans turned to Facebook to share their grief, and organize David Bowie tribute parties and pages

#10 Muhammad Ali

In the first 24 hours after Ali’s death, there were 110 million interactions on Facebook.

For the first time, Facebook is also sharing a list of the top Live videos:

Top Global Live Videos:

1. Candace Payne, Chewbacca Mom

2. Ted Yoder, Soundscapes

3. Buzzfeed, Countdown to the next presidential election

4. Atlanta Buzz, People are lining up to hug police officers in Dallas

5. NBC News, Election results

6. Under the Hood, Video of a truck completely carved out of wood

7. Viral Thread, Population count from US to CA

8. CNN, Election results on Empire State building

9. Dena Blizzard, Pokemon Go for moms “Chardonnay Go”

10. Super Deluxe, Election map

Facebook explains the criteria of top global discussed topics and live videos

  • The top 10 moments of this year’s Year in Review were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and November 27, 2016.
  • To put this list together, mentions were analyzed in an aggregated, anonymized way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook.
  • The top 10 Live videos were measured by total cumulative views.

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