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Chattr’s ultimate social media wrap-up for 2017

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As we say farewell to 2017, let us sit back and remember all the glorious and terrifyingly bad moments that hit the internet. Here is the list of Chattr’s top ten social media trends of 2017.

Beyoncé let the world know she was pregnant with not only one, but two future babies in February of last year when she debuted a bare bump in a flower-filled Instagram. The internet immediately burst with joy at the news. So it wasn’t a surprise that the glorious visual racked up more than 7.2 million likes in less than 20 hours – the most of any photo posted on the platform.

9. Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi

The release of Pepsi’s commercial starring reality celebrity, Kendall Jenner, was widely frowned upon on social media for commodifying political protests.
Many users also took to the web to point out that the closing image of Jenner stopping a conflict between protesters and police by handing an officer a can of Pepsi seemed to appropriate a now iconic photo of a Black Lives Matter protestor peacefully approaching armed riot police.
Both the company and Jenner apologised, but the damage had been done. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., took to Twitter to share a photo of her father being confronted by police while peacefully protesting, with the caption: “If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi.”

8. Artists #StandWithKeaton

Keaton Jones, a middle school child from Knoxville, Tennessee, went viral over the weekend of December 8 after a video was posted showing him crying and asking why people bully (him and others). Celebrities from various industries, film, television and sports reached out to Keaton to show him support and invited him to meet them.

Just some of the celebrities who got involved included Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, Demi Lovato, Mark Ruffalo and Zedd.

All of that, of course, happened before rumours started emerging that there was an ugly side to this story that included Confederate flags, money, possible racial slurs and other unfortunate factors.

Regardless, the initial outpouring from the world’s stars for a young boy crying over bullies was overwhelming, and couldn’t be ignored for this list.

7. Tweets during One Love Manchester 

Following the suicide bomb attack at Ariana Grande’s concert, she returned to Manchester to perform at the One Love Manchester benefit concert. The performance drew a crowd of 50,000 and raised more than $3 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Below are some of the most enigmatic tweets illustrating the strength, love, and resilience from One Love Manchester.

6. Donald Trump’s Battle Against the NFL

The #TakeaKnee movement gained traction this year after President Donald Trump spoke