US presidential race Facebook's 2015 top topic

2015-12-09 19:03
US President Barack Obama, who was one of the hottest topics on Facebook in 2015. (AP File)

US President Barack Obama, who was one of the hottest topics on Facebook in 2015. (AP File)

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San Francisco - The US won't elect a president until next year, but the debate over the crowded field of candidates jostling for the Oval Office has emerged as the hottest topic on Facebook this year.

The race for the Democratic and Republican party nominations eclipsed an outpouring of emotions over deadly attacks, strife, social issues and disasters.

The rankings released on Wednesday open a window into the cultural mindset by analysing how frequently specific high-profile events, politicians, entertainers, athletes, movies and TV shows were mentioned in the posts of Facebook's 1.5 billion users.

British singer Ed Sheeran surpassed Taylor Swift on Facebook's list of the year's most-discussed entertainers, while the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones reigned in the TV category. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due out next week, is Facebook's favourite film.

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