As we countdown to the final hours of 2020, we look back at some of the most controversial and highlighted hashtags of the year on Twitter. Top on the list is the obvious ones, the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the messaging platform on Monday.
Trending at large was the hashtag #Covid19. Tweeted nearly 400 million times, we can foresee the continuity in 2021 as well. Ranked in second was #BlackLivesMatter. The movement spread worldwide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, according to Twitter. The third biggest hashtag of the year would be #StayHome instead.
“People continued to utilize Twitter to publicly advocate for political change and demand accountability from world leaders this year,” a Twitter blog post said.
“Over 700 million Tweets were sent in 2020 about elections around the world and Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Narendra Modi and Kamala Harris were among the most Tweeted-about global figures.”
That’s not all though! The death announcement of Chadwick Boseman, star of the groundbreaking superhero movie “Black Panther” in August became one of the most retweeted messages. Through the actor’s Twitter account, the message tweeted by his family garnered 7.5 million likes on its own. Followed by 2.1 million retweets.
Another highlighted news of the year was the death of NBA star, Kobe Bryant. The former US President Barack Obama tweeted about the news and gained 3.9 million tweets. As a result, it became the second-most like tweet of the year.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Bryant’s death made his former Los Angeles Lakers team the most-tweeted-about sports team followed by Manchester United and FC Barcelona. But the NFL’s Super Bowl LIV was the top sports event on Twitter this year.
Source: AFP Relax News