Look back at 2015 with Google’s Year in Search

The phrase ‘Whites Against Trump’ became popular on Twitter in December after African American comedian, W Kamau Bell, asked white Americans to step up and criticise white politicians the same way black people criticise black politicians. Seattle mucisian, Heather Bentley, tweeted her support for the hashtag. #WhitesAgainstTrump quickly hit Twitter’s list of top trends, it was used over 70,000 times this week. Bell mentioned that “The whole point of #WhitesAgainstTrump was that everyone needs to get in on this fight“.

 

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Whatsapp has 93 million users in Brazil, being the most popular way to communicate. 93% of Brazilian internet users also use Whatsapp. But the app was shut down for 48 hours this week, after a judge’s orders. This was due to the company ‘not cooperating’ with an investigation amid fears that the Brazilian conservative congress could cut off access to the whole of the social web. The suspension caused anger online, including on FacebookMark Zuckerberg posted: “I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp“.

 

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According to Google ‘the questions we ask reveal who we are’. The company released its end of year video this week – Year in Search 2015 – revealing that the Black Lives Matter movement, same-sex marriage law, David Letterman’s farewell, the pope’s visit to the US, Cecil the lion and many other significant events and issues topped the list of what people cared about in 2015. The video was viewed on YouTube almost a million times in less than 24 hours.

Bad Lip Reading, a YouTube channel with almost 5 million subscribers, dubs funny vocals over targets from films, TV shows, political news stories, etc. This week, their target was ‘Star Wars’. There is not much to say except that the outcome is funny and worth a watch!

The ad of the week is Marks & Spencer’s ‘Adventures in Christmas’. This delicious ad highlights the seasonal food range offered by M&S in glittery close up shots. On this note we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

This blog post was written by Dani Doroftei.

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