Covid-19, Chadwick Boseman, #BlackLivesMatter ruled the 2020 Twitter conversation

Social network releases year in review, compiling data on the world's top tweets

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In a tumultuous year that brought everyone to their knees with a pandemic sweeping the globe, it's no wonder #Covid19 and #StayHome were among the top three Twitter hashtags of 2020.

The social network released a year in review, compiling data on the world's top tweets and trends.

Amid rising Covid-19 cases, deaths and public health advisories, there were many tweets that chronicled the world's losses and triumphs, as well as the struggles experienced during quarantines.

#BlackLivesMatter was another major top three hashtag for the social network, with conversation centred on a large US protest movement that stemmed from a police killing of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis.

George Floyd was the most tweeted-about person on Twitter, after US presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Global figures like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Korean group BTS landed in the the top ten most mentioned people on Twitter.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was the most tweeted-about woman. Her Twitter video capturing her phone call to President-elect Joe Biden congratulating him on the electoral win ranked among the most liked tweets of 2020.

Celebrity deaths also captivated users on the social network this year.

The year's most retweeted and liked tweet was a post announcing movie star Chadwick Boseman's death due to colon cancer.

Others shared former president Barack Obama's tweet about basketball player Kobe Bryant's passing earlier in the year.

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