Facebook's Year in Review for 2016 isn't just fun and games

Facebook has released the biggest events of the year that dominated the social media site in Ireland during 2016.

When you rewind back the whole year, you might have witnessed several exciting moments for you to remember for ever on Facebook.

The rest of the top ten Facebook Live videos globally include four more that are related to the United States presidential election, cementing its status as the top trend on Facebook for 2016.

Facebook created its Year in Review report by ranking the most frequently mentioned topics in posts on the social network between January 1 and November 27.

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For the first time, Facebook has also shared a list of the top ten global Live videos:1.

The biggest Live video of the year came from Candace Payne, also known as "Chewbacca Mom", after she live-streamed herself wearing a mask of the famous Star Wars character. 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. And closer to home, the President of the Philippines, #9 Rodrigo Duterte was the ninth most talked about topic by Australians on Facebook. It tallies all of the things you've liked on Facebook this year, and thanks you for being a loyal Facebook user. Although, having said that, Facebook will automatically create the video for you, and allow you to share direct from your wall.

A spokeswoman said to put this list together, mentions were analysed in an "aggregated, anonymized way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook".

The most talked about topics in India were cricket, the Uri attacks, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's biopic, Pokemon Go and and iPhone 7 among others. The second most talked about topic was Brazilian politics, as protests erupted during a shaky Summer Olympics and drew the world's attention to the South American country.

  • Toni Ryan