The world talked most about these. Take a look at the 10 most trending topics on Facebook in 2015!
2015 is riding towards sunset and is leaving us with many memories, some good, some bad and some downright ugly. These memories will remain with us forever, thanks to the impact social media had on the news and other sources.
Social media not only made these new items and news stories trend, but also came to help in a big way when tragedies struck and people needed help in one form or other. It was also used by terrorists to put their point forward, but it also gave them the correct response.
It was also there to support the victims of terrorist attacks, natural calamities and other things. These were the top 10 most trending topics on Facebook in the year 2015.
1 US Presidential Elections
The US presidential elections are scheduled for 8th November 2016 and candidates have already started stalking claim to become the most powerful political leader in the world, as the next president of the United States of America.
The presidential race has already seen its ups and downs with the fierce race beginning with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on YouTube. It also saw the exit of Bobby Jindal from the race earlier this month and the rise of Donald Trump as the most hated and idiotic presidential candidate ever, thanks to his hateful and controversial speeches on many topics.
2 Marriage Equality
The year 2015 saw many nations making marriage equality legal. Many countries still have issues of making homosexual relationships and marriages legal due to cultural or religious hindrances. But this year, countries like United States of America, Finland and even the strict Catholic Ireland legalized same sex marriages in their country.
This has paved the way for many countries to follow their path and make same sex marriages legal in the year to come in 2016.
3 Baltimore protests
The issue of clashes between US policemen and members of black community in US came to a standstill with cops shooting African American youths in many states of US in 2015.
The start came when 25 year old Freddie Gray in April 2015, was arrested for possession of an alleged switchblade.
He died while being transported in a police van. His death was ascribed to injuries on his spinal cord. Eyewitness accounts suggested use of unnecessary force by police officers while detaining Gray. A protest against the death of Gray in Baltimore turned tragic and violent when 34 people were arrested and 17 police officials were injured.
Six police officials were charged after medical officer’s report ruled Gray’s death a homicide.
4 Fight against ISIS
ISIS managed to become the public enemy number 1 after repeated attacks of terror in multiple countries including France, Iraq and Syria. ISIS has used social media to post gruesome videos of beheadings of people of various nationalities.
But the recent terror attacks by ISIS caused the world to take notice and admit that ISIS is becoming a problem that cannot be ignored after countries like Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Iran had already began fighting against them in the countries of their strong hold.
This meant that countries like Russia, US, UK, Germany, France, UAE, Australia, Canada, Jordan, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and many more such have formed coalitions to fight ISIS and its allies like Boko Haram, Abu Sayyaf, etc on different fronts and also provide aid to the armies of countries and guerilla forces already fighting them in Iraq, Iran and Syria.
5 Nov. 13 attacks on Paris
The recently occurring terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Nov. 13 jolted the whole Europe and made them realize that the problem of ISIS was beginning to bite them also and brought France and likely European countries in action against ISIS.
130 people were killed and 368 people were injured in the coordinated attacks, done at multiple places using bombs and gunmen. Their deaths were avenged when the mastermind of the whole operation Abdelhamid Abaooud was killed in a police raid on Nov.18.
France also launched its biggest air strike against ISIS in Al-Raqqah.
6 Star Wars: the Force Awakens
December 14 saw the premier of the seventh installment of the Star Wars movie franchise with Star Wars: the Force Awakens opening in Los Angeles.
It was and still is one of the biggest talking points and one of the most awaited movies of 2015. It sees the return of stars like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher from the original franchisee and joining them are stars Lupita Nyongo, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley.
The latest movie has been directed by J.J. Abrams, director of Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Strek Trek into Darkness (2013).
7 Donald Trump
2016 US presidential candidate Donald Trump has become one of the most controversial candidates with his anti-immigration views and recent call for banning the entry of people of Islamic faith into the US.
His slogan of ‘Make America Great Again’ is centered around complete ban on immigration of Mexican people and Muslims into the US. His views on many topics like abortion, economy, environment, calling global warming as a total hoax and many other speeches have made him a laughing matter in the country.
Though he has his supporters, social media users worldwide are having fun listening to his views and criticizing his policies for the country once he is elected as the next US president.
8 Nepal Earthquakes
2015 also saw one of the biggest natural calamities in recent times when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the whole nation of Nepal and its neighboring countries.
Nepal took the brunt of the force of the earthquake loosing 9,000 lives in the aftermath and total losses of over a billion dollars. The Earthquake also caused massive avalanches on Mount Everest, causing 19 causalities and over 250 people went missing.
9 Charlie Hebdo Attack
The tag of #JesuisCharlie went viral on both Facebook and Twitter in the aftermath of two people opening fire in the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s office, killing 11 people, including a French police officer and injuring 11 more on January 7, 2015.
The shooters were two brothers who took offence to the newspaper printing cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. Al-Qaeda’s French branch took the responsibility of the attacks. But the tragic event brought massive outpour for the deceased from all around the world and people posted images of banners reading JeSuisCharlie or I am Charlie in support of the newspaper.
10 Syrian Civil War and Refugees Crisis
This image was the face of the deepening crisis of the Syrian Civil war and the refugees leaving Syria to seek asylum in Germany, France and other similar European countries.
The image of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi, who died of drowning, when a boat carrying him, his brother and parents capsized near the coast of Turkey made the whole world come face to face with the plight of the refugees.
The European Union met and agreed to take in number of refugees and provide them permanent citizenship. Countries like Turkey and Bulgaria have asked for help from the EU in sharing the refugee influx. Since then countries from all over the world have offered asylum and permanent residency including UK, Canada, Australia, UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden (the first EU nation to offer asylum) and many others have come forward to help.
These have the most trending topics on Facebook throughout the year, which saw the world coming together to discuss these things, let’s hope that next year we get to discuss more positive things.