Here’s our latest update for trending news on social media in Sri Lanka and across the world.
This week our team wrote about:
What Went Viral in Sri Lanka?
- Sri lankan cricket fans upset after the latest loss
The Sri Lankan cricket team has suffered consequent losses in the recent past and this seems to have gotten to loyal fans finally, as was seen when they protested after a defeat, accusing the cricket council and the cricketers of letting them down and inefficiency. The video went viral on Facebook and has remained a hot topic for several weeks in the country now.
- Lunch sheet and shopping bags banned
The polythene ban in Sri Lanka is under effect since the 01st September 2017. This information shared on the Gossip Lanka News Facebook page speaks about the ban and tries to impart awareness on the consequences one would have to face if caught using said banned items. The post was shared over 429 times and has about 1.5k reads.
- BBC Sinhala interviews Gayan Senanayake and Sudeer Kumar Chaudhary
The unique fandom and friendship of Gayan Senanayake and Sudeer Kumar Chaudhary caught the attention of BBC Sinhala, who then interviewed them. At a time where the fans in Sri Lanka have started showing their displeasure aggressively at the end of matches lost by the Sri Lankan cricket team, the duo show the perfect example of staying unchanged no matter what results come of the matches. Sudeer stated that no matter what the results are one should always show support to the team and the aggressive behavior of fans is something that is regretful. His thoughts were echoed by Gayan as well. With 388k views and 7824 shares, this interview is something that has really provoked thought among Sri Lankan fans recently.
This Week’s International Hubbub
- The battle between Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather
One topic that was discussed, trended and made headlines across the world was the much awaited battle between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather; both giants in the world. The video that was posted on the Facebook page of Boxing Warriors went viral instantly.
- Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat, close to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, for the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage
Hundreds of devotees gathered on Mount Arafat close to Mecca, for the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage. The religion believes that this is the location where the final sermon was delivered by Prophet Muhammad 14 centuries ago.
Stats of the Week
The SL Diaries Facebook page manages to maintain a good correlation with their YouTube channel, and has ranked among the top five fastest growing entertainment Facebook pages in Sri Lanka.
SL Diaries YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -15,461
Total Videos -73
Total views -1,715,331
Things you should know
- Facebook has mapped populations in 23 countries as it explores satellites to expand internet
Facebook has implemented the use of a combination of satellite-based data and government census to map out the entire population on Earth. This data has a fixed resolution of five meters and knows the locations of man-made structures on the entire planet. The platform has also hired aerospace engineers and have a new executive to forged alliances with aerospace and satellite companies.