The Most Popular News Stories of 2023 Revealed

2023 was a year full of sensational news stories, and a study from Taboola just shed light on which ones ended up gaining the most traction with all things having been considered and taken into account. The most widespread news story of all had to do with the impending face off between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, with the embattled former president trying to compete with the current incumbent despite enormous legal challenges.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter made countless headlines as well, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine received a lot of coverage during the same time frame. Elsewhere, the Oceangate crisis that involved people being trapped in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean with an uncertain fate became an issue that people couldn’t stop talking about, and while the Israel and Hamas war broke out towards the end of the year, it nevertheless became a topic of immense conversation during the interim.

As for the most read celebrities, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received the most coverage of all, with Taylor Swift topping the rankings in terms of musicians, and coming in second for celebrities overall. Wheel of Fortune came out on top as far as TV shows were concerned, with Sister Wives following it and The Voice coming in third.

Over in the realm of feature films, the third Ant-Man movie received a lot of buzz despite a poor box office reception and critical response. Indeed, the mixed reviews and low box office returns might be the cause of the buzz because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making people talk about it more than might have been the case otherwise.

Avatar came in second, with Barbie reaching third place thanks to the Barbenheimer craze that became prevalent during the summer. Sports events that became major sources of news included the Super Bow, with Damar Hamlin’s injury coming in second place.

All of these news stories paint a picture of what people perceived during 2023, and it will be interesting to see what next year’s stories look like. Chances are that some figures like Trump, Biden and Taylor Swift will continue to attract a lot of attention.

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