Yesterday the largest social media platform in the world told its users what the most popular topics were during 2016. And as you would expect, the Facebook Year in Review does not make for pleasant viewing. The reason is that for many, this year has been one to forget! While there have been many positive happenings around the world in 2016, it seems that Facebook’s users have instead preferred to discuss matters that have divided, shocked or even made them cry.

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Facebook Year in Review: the results are in

Facebook creates its Year in Review by collecting all the data about topics from around the world. This data consists of comments, likes, and shares of anything on its site. This can be user-generated content, news, fake news, or just about anything. It then analyzes this information and comes up with a list of the top 10 topics, which it places into its Year in Review.

What made it onto the Top 10 list this year?

Remember when we said, “Facebook users like to talk about horrible stuff”? Well, all of that negativity has made its way to the Facebook Year in Review. It probably comes as no surprise, given that you watch the news, have a smartphone, and are reading this. But which of 2016’s awful mess made it into the video? This is the actual order; these are the most talked-about topics on Facebook in 2016.

  1. The U.S. Presidential Election – It doesn’t matter who you voted for in the election. One thing that most people can agree on is that’s it’s a good thing it’s over! However, it has left the country bitterly divided, with some not knowing when to let go.
  2. Brazilian Politics – Brazil has had a tumultuous year. It battled a recession, impeached its president, and battled scandals.
  3. Pokémon Go – One bright spark on this list is Pokemon Go. The game was released in the early summer and produced a storm. The phenomenon made millions remove themselves from their seats to catch imaginary, virtual critters.
  4. Black Lives Matter – Much discussed in 2016 was the status of African American rights and alleged police brutality towards them.
  5. Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election – The Philippines has suffered from extra-judicial murders, an increase in drug dealing and use since Rodrigo Duterte’s rise..
  6. The Olympics
  7. Brexit
  8. Super Bowl
  9. Death of David Bowie
  10. Death of Muhammad Ali

Breaking it down

So there you have them, the topics that made it aren’t pretty for the most part. We’ve got a video game, police brutality, two deaths, and four changes that could spell disaster: the United States, Brexit, the Philippines, and Brazil. On a lighter note, there are two sports events, which on some level were also marred by negativity.

What about your Facebook Year in Review?

It isn’t just Facebook itself that gets to have a Year in Review; every one of its users can do too. Some people have been complaining that they can’t get theirs, and some have directly asked Facebook why.

In a recent conversation with one such questioner, a representative from the social media giant said, “If you have enough content for us to create a video for you, you should expect to see it in your news feed sometime in December. You can also access your Year in Review video here: facebook.com/yearinreview.

So to get your review, you must have enough videos and images to make it work. If you have, it will then become available for you at the above linked to page. If you’re still having trouble, we’ve put together a simple guide to help.