These were the top 10 stories on Facebook in Canada this year

Dec 6 2017, 5:26 am

Facebook has become more than a social tool to connect with your old high school pals.

Globally, the social media giant has created a community that uses a platform to react and discuss news and historical moments in the making.

And annually, Facebook Canada releases its Year in Review to look back at some of the highlights of 2017.

According to the social network, the recent data shows that this year was a hard one, “sometimes wrought with painful events that caused harm to people around the world. But through these tough times, people showed their resilience and how there is true strength when communities support one another.”

Combining the top single-day moments of the year, here are the 10 things Canadians talked about the most on Facebook in 2017:

  1. International Women’s Day: This was the #1 most talked about moment in 2017 – both globally and in Canada, with people talking, sharing and posting in celebration of women and related issues.
  2. Gordon Downie: The lead singer for the beloved Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip passed away of brain cancer.
  3. Las Vegas Violence: This tragic event drove conversation in countries like Canada, UK and Mexico, all the way to France and Australia – sharing messages of concern.
  4. Alyssa Langille: Canadians showed an outpouring of support when this girl who was allegedly abducted in Mississauga, was reported as safe.
  5. Tom Petty: Sadly, the world unexpectedly lost one of its foremost rock and roll starts, Tom Petty. The front man for his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, drove an outpouring of mourning and support, particularly in the US, Canada and the UK.
  6. Chris Cornell: The American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away unexpectedly.
  7. Chester Bennington: The lead singer of Linkin Park passed away unexpectedly generating more than 8 million posts that day and an outpouring of support from fans around the world, including Canada.
  8. United Airlines Incident: A incident involving a passenger being dragged off of a flight went viral, which ultimately produced firings and suspensions of security officers.
  9. Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech: While accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep used her speech to call out the American president-elect for his remarks directed at a disabled New York Times reporter.
  10. Quebec City Violence: Canadians showed a swift and supportive response to the violent incident that took place at a mosque when a gunman opened fire as people were attending prayer.

While those were the nation’s top stories, Facebook users will be able to see their personalized Year in Review starting December 6.

A personalized video will be available on your News Feed, featuring moments from the past year that you’ve shared or been tagged in, and compiles them in a short video that can be edited and shared.

Get ready for a bunch of throwbacks.


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