The most-discussed topic on Facebook globally in 2014 was 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, while the outbreak of the Ebola virus was the topic of the most conversation in the U.S., the social network announced in a Newsroom post Tuesday.
With 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in the history books, the Facebook Data Science Team reported that 350 million Facebook users generated 3 billion interactions (posts, likes, and comments) during the tournament, which ran from June 12 through Sunday (July 13), making it the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history.
Uruguay Forward Luis Suárez used a Facebook post Monday to apologize for biting Giorgio Chiellini of Italy during last Tuesday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match, for which he was suspended from Uruguay’s next nine international matches, as well as hit with a four-month ban from all soccer activities and stadiums.
The opening match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was the most social thus far, according to the Facebook Data Science Team, while the goal by Javier “Chicharito” Hernández in Mexico’s 3-0 win over Croatia was the most social goal, host nation Brazil topped all countries in tournament-related conversations, and Neymar of Brazil was the player who generated the most buzz.
Group D of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil wrapped up its games with a bite, literally, Tuesday, and more than 16 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 30 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) related to group winner Costa Rica’s 0-0 draw with England and Uruguay’s controversial 1-0 defeat of Italy, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.
The upset 2-1 victory by Uruguay over England in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thursday led to more than 40 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) by some 22 million Facebook users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team.