Facebook's 2016 Year in Review

A look back at the biggest stories shared on Facebook this year

Facebook has released details of the most talked about stories of 2016 on their platform. The top 10 moments of this year's Year in Review were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January 1 and November 27, 2016.

To put this list together, mentions were analysed in an aggregated, anonymised way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook. The top 10 Live videos were measured by total cumulative views.

Commenting on the results, Gareth Lambe, Head of Facebook Ireland said, “Every day people turn to Facebook to connect with their friends and family on the issues and events that matter most to them. The range of topics in this year’s top ten shows the breadth of subjects discussed on Facebook, from elections to major sporting events and, of course, key moments on the Irish calendar like the All-Ireland finals.

“It was a big year for politics and it is no surprise that the top three most talked-about topics were the Irish and US elections and Brexit. During the summer, we had the Euros and Olympics – at which Ireland was well represented by both our athletes and supporters – with many stand-out moments captured on Facebook. 

“The Easter Rising appears on the list demonstrating how people across Ireland took to Facebook to share their thoughts, videos, photos and experiences of the centenary celebrations.

Here is the top ten most talked about moments: 


  1. US Presidential Election
  2. Irish General Election
  3. Brexit
  4. Olympics
  5. UEFA Euro 2016
  6. David Bowie
  7. Easter Rising
  8. GAA All-Ireland Final 2016
  9. Rose of Tralee
  10. Six Nations Championship


  1. US Elections
  2. Brazilian Politics
  3. Pokemon Go
  4. Black Lives Matter
  5. Rodrigo Duterte
  6. Olympics
  7. Brexit
  8. Super Bowl
  9. David Bowie
  10. Muhammed Ali

For the first time, the social networking site is also sharing a list of the top ten global Live videos:

  1. Candace Payne, Chewbacca Mom
  2. Ted Yoder, Soundscapes
  3. Buzzfeed, Countdown to the next presidential election
  4. Atlanta Buzz, People are lining up to hug police officers in Dallas
  5. NBC News, Election results
  6. Under the Hood, Video of a truck completely carved out of wood
  7. Viral Thread, Population count from US to CA
  8. CNN, Election results on Empire State building
  9. Dena Blizzard, Pokemon Go for moms "Chardonnay Go"
  10. Super Deluxe, Election map 

“Your Year in Review”

This month, many people will also see a personalised video of the moments from their own year that they can edit and share with family and friends. They can also access their video by visiting facebook.com/yearinreview2016