Facebook reveals the top topics and most trending news in 2018
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Facebook's role as a social network has grown exponentially since it started out. Here, breaking news go viral with the click of a button. Emotions are shared, comments multiply by the minute and more importantly, it's where people from different countries and cultures come together to unite on a single issue — be it Tom Hardy playing with puppies or the slew of royal wedding updates.
The social network has reviewed their top issues and topics of 2018 and the results are in.
Issues that matter...
International Women's Day
For the second year in a row, International Women's Day on March 8 was the #1 most talked about moment of the year. But in 2018, IWD conversation was about more than the day itself. Women and men around the world discussed a wide range of topics, issues and causes related to women.
March for Our Lives
Survivors of the violence in Parkland, Florida announced the March for Our Lives movement on February 18, which drove conversation and action around the world. Over the next month, more than 1 million people showed interest in attending a Facebook Event for March for Our Lives, and more than $2.5 million was raised through Facebook Fundraisers.
The Brazilian Presidential Election on October 7 and the US Midterm Elections on November 6 were top moments for conversation about voting and elections.
Celebrating global moments in culture...
More than 383 million soccer fans from around the world took to Facebook to cheer on their favorite teams through 2.3 billion posts, comments, reactions and shares. France's World Cup victory on July 15 and England's Semi-Final match against Croatia on July 11 were two of the top most-discussed moments of the year.
Super Bowl 52
The Philadelphia Eagles secured their first Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots on February 4. More than 62 million people turned to Facebook following Tom Brady's incomplete Hail Mary pass at the end of the game, and Justin Timberlake's halftime performance paying tribute to Prince.
The Royal Wedding
The much-anticipated nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 connected 42 million people on Facebook who about posted about the ceremony, the newlyweds, and the pomp and circumstance.
Honoring prominent figures...
Nelson Mandela 100
July 18 marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela was born, and millions of people came to Facebook to celebrate Mandela's life of dedication to human rights and social justice.
Keeping Legacies Alive
The world lost many influential and inspirational people in 2018. From musical icons Aretha Franklin, Avicii, and Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, to scientific visionaries like Stephen Hawking, influential storytellers like Anthony Bourdain and Hollywood stars like Burt Reynolds. People around the world shared millions of posts on Facebook to memorialize the global impact and work of these individuals.