Facebook's year in review: Chewbacca Mom laughs at your sadness

For the second year in a row, the United States presidential election was the top discussion across Facebook's 1.8 billion monthly active users.

How do you sum up a year like 2016?

The US presidential election fascinated and divided not only Americans, but plenty of Australians as well.

Facebook also revealed its most popular Facebook Live videos for the year, having launched the broadcasting service, which is available to users of the social network as a means to stream live to the world, in April. Some of us may have trouble stomaching Trump, but many others also expressed their discomfort when Duterte won his country's election on a platform of encouraging the killing of criminals and implementing martial law.

On March 16, hundreds of protesters went to the presidential palace to express their views, and four million conversations initiated on Facebook on the subject.

More than 90 per cent of people in the UAE use Facebook and in the Mena region as a whole, 136 million people use the social media site.

Malcolm Turnbull came in second on Facebook's year in review data.

Black Lives Matter was the fourth most discussed topic following Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's officer-involved deaths, among many in the US.

David Bowie and Muhammad Ali's deaths made the top 10 on Facebook, in a sad year where icons like Prince and Arnold Palmer also died. You'd expect to see hot TV shows like Game of Thrones, Beyoncé's "Lemonade" album release, or the one-two punch of post-December Star Wars: The Force Awakens rants and anticipation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Even if the public year wasn't so great, your personal life may be worth reminiscing. Some pages promise to create a "Year in Review" video if you like or share their page, or install some third-party app.

As the year comes to a close, the social media website has said that the most talked about moment of the year for Irish people was the USA election.

  • Essie Rivera