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2016 Race the Most Buzzed-About Topic on Facebook in 2015

The 2016 presidential election dominated global conversations on Facebook in 2015,
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer.KAREN BLEIER / AFP - Getty Images

The 2016 presidential election dominated global conversations on Facebook in 2015, despite still being a year away. New data released by the social media company on Wednesday shows the number one most-discussed topic of the year on Facebook was the U.S. presidential election. The data measures global conversations on the platform, indicating just how much the rest of the world is interested in this presidential election.

The full list of most-discussed topics is below:

1. U.S. presidential election

2. November 13 attacks in Paris

3. Syrian civil war & refugee crisis

4. Nepal earthquakes in April and May

5. The Greek debt crisis

6. Marriage equality

7. The fight against ISIS

8. Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in January

9. The Baltimore protests

10. Charleston shooting and flag debate

Aside from the U.S. presidential election, the rest of the list featured topics skewed heavily towards news stories, such as ISIS, the Nepal earthquakes, the Paris attacks, and more, and did not include lighter topics, such as pop culture, entertainment, or celebrity news that frequently trend on social media platforms.

Facebook also released data on the most talked-about politicians of the year. The number one politician was President Barack Obama, followed by GOP presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump. Trump was the only Republican candidate in the top 10, while Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made the list from the other side.

The full list is below:

1. President Barack Obama

2. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

3. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

4. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

5. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

6. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

7. Turkish President Recep Taytip Erdogan

8. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

9. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

10. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu