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US Presidential Election Was Most 'Talked About' Topic In 2016, Says Facebook (phys.org) 88

What may come as no surprise to Facebook users, the social media company announced in a blog post that the U.S. presidential election was the most "talked about" topic on Facebook in 2016. Phys.Org highlights the other most-discussed topics in its report: The bitterly contested election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton was ranked as the leading issue, followed by Brazil's political developments which included the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, Facebook said in a blog post. On the lighter side at number three was the runaway success of Pokemon Go, the location-based augmented reality game for smartphone users. Other subject matters shared among Facebook's 1.79 billion users were more sober, with the fourth leading topic the "Black Lives Matter" movement, followed by the election in the Philippines of Rodrigo Duterte. Number six on the list was the Olympic games, followed by Brexit, the Super Bowl and the deaths of rock star David Bowie and boxing icon Muhammad Ali. Facebook said it measured leading topics by how frequently an issue was mentioned in posts made between January 1 and November 27.
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US Presidential Election Was Most 'Talked About' Topic In 2016, Says Facebook

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  • Election? (Score:5, Funny)

    by frovingslosh ( 582462 ) on Thursday December 08, 2016 @10:06PM (#53450039)
    We had an election? Why wasn't there any news about it?
  • by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Thursday December 08, 2016 @10:06PM (#53450043)
    I spent months blocking all the stupid posts people were putting up and sharing. Both sides were ridiculous.
    • I never dealt with comments in the general. However with how I was treated by HRC supporters, after the primary was over I wiped it all. Facebook 2016 wasn't anything like Facebook 2006 or the Facebook 2004 I joined. It had become the lowest common denominator and was more or less subscribing to "Forwards from ultra conservative Grandma" and then both sides yelling at each other talking past each other.

      I honestly don't miss it. I don't miss reading the random ass comments or links from people I cursorily kn

    • I hoped once the election was over, all the political posts would stop. But they didn't.
      • Actually, the annoying part is /. making it clickbait for much of its traffic. I generally come here hoping to read about the latest news about things like Apple, Android, Windows, IPv6, Offshoring, et al. Instead, the bulk of it was pure politics, not even tech related politics, which I'd still understand. But stuff about the latest scandal about either Trump or Clinton

        I really hope to read less of that. Not b'cos of anything I think or feel about our new president elect, but rather, b'cos I come her

    • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

      It's not over. We're getting a play by play coverage of the transition team. Every visitor Trump sees at the Trump Tower is interviewed endlessly. I didn't even know Obama had a transition team. I's sure he did but I hardly heard anything about it. I seem to remember some stir about one appointee owing a lot of back taxes but not much else.

      • by halivar ( 535827 )

        Scrutinizing the president is back in vogue with the everyone-but-Fox media. If we got nothing else from this election, at least we now only have one outlet carrying the president's water for him, instead of all-but-one.

        • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

          It depends on who you watch on FOX. Sean Hannity worships Trump but some of the others aren't that hot on him. I know Shepard Smith is often quite critical of him.

  • Nobody I know liked either candidate. I, and probably 1 other friend, went for Gary Johnson. Yeah, I went GJ.

    All my other friends bitched about the 2 choices, yet voted for one of the evils anyway.
    • by skids ( 119237 )

      ...and so did you. Nobody said there was *only* two evils.

    • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

      I knew a few women that were excited about Hilliary being voted the first female president. I know a few other people that were excited about Trump "Making America Great Again." I'd say maybe 30% on either side seemed positive about their candidate. The other 70% seemed to vote while holding their nose to avoid the smell.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      What is Aleppo?

  • And so... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Whatsmynickname ( 557867 ) on Thursday December 08, 2016 @10:18PM (#53450081)
    Let's talk about it some more!
    • Precisely. When there is nothing about the election remaining to discuss that's germane to this site, let's have another braindead discussion on the election. Fuck you, BeauHD!!!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Pop music. Talk about. Pop music.

    Pop - pop - pop music.

  • It's not like it's a single one day event. The whole thing is dragged out for over a year with the primaries and everything.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's still dragging on Slashdot, the guy who posted this constantly posts useless shit.
      He may be retarded.

    • The whole thing is dragged out for over a year with the primaries and everything.

      This was the year when one candidate accused the father of another of killing JFK, then bragged in a presidential debate of having a big dick.

      This election seemed to go on a lot longer than just a year.

  • TRUMP! Was Most 'Talked About' Topic In 2016, Says Facebook

    FTFY

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      TRUMP! Was Most 'Talked About'

      Indeed! Love him or hate him, he is entertaining. If you love him, he's entertaining at Making America Great Again; and if you hate him, he's comparable to one or more of the following:

      1. Slow-motion train wreck
      2. Batman villain in action
      3. A 5-year-old who's had too much cake and ice-cream

      Just can't turn your eyes away.

  • when it is revealed the elections were hacked and a new on is taking place!
    • by MouseR ( 3264 )

      No need to hack elections when 46% of the electorate does't participate.

      You only need to tender to the stupid fncks with a total absence of logics, science and facts.

  • Is analyzing 90.7% of the year enough to establish most talked about in 2016 facts? What if a more iconic person dies tomorrow? There's still 23 days to talk about that.

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