The Most Retweeted Tweets Of The Year
These are the most retweeted tweets of the year, according to Twitter.
1. A tweet from Burger King Japan, which said "the number one thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to have fewer burgers"
2. A tweet from NASA, which said "there's a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy and it's about to devour a star"
3. A tweet from J.K. Rowling, which said "if you want to know what a man's like, look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals"
4. A tweet from Ellen DeGeneres, which said "thank you so much to the Academy for this honor. I am truly grateful"
5. A tweet from Barack Obama, which said "no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background"
Burger King's tweet was the most popular, with more than 1.8 million retweets. The fast food chain's message was in response to a report from the World Resources Institute that found the meat industry is responsible for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
NASA's tweet, which included a GIF of a black hole "eating" a star, was retweeted more than 1.3 million times. The space agency's message was in response to a study that found that supermassive black holes are more common in the universe than previously thought.
J.K. Rowling's tweet, which is a quote from the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was retweeted more than 1.2 million times. The "Harry Potter" author's message was in response to the refugee crisis in Europe.
Ellen DeGeneres' tweet, which thanked the Academy for her recent honor, was retweeted more than 1.1 million times. The TV host received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama earlier this year.
Obama's tweet, which is a quote from Nelson Mandela, was retweeted more than 1 million times. The message was posted in the wake of the shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Most retweeted tweets of the year were, in order:
1) A tweet from @TheEllenShow featuring a selfie taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars
2) A tweet from @Caitlyn_Jenner announcing her new name and identity
3) A tweet from @realDonaldTrump announcing his candidacy for President
4) A tweet from @TheRealJK rowling announcing the birth of her new baby
5) A tweet from @FirstTake, featuring a video of Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless arguing about LeBron James
These are the most retweeted tweets of the year!
1. The Oscars Selfie
This tweet from Ellen DeGeneres was the most retweeted of the year. It features a selfie taken by Ellen at the Oscars, with a star-studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto, and more.
2. Caitlyn Jenner's Debut
Caitlyn Jenner's highly-anticipated debut tweet was the second most-retweeted of the year. In it, she announced her new name and identity to the world.
3. Donald Trump's Candidacy Announcement
Donald Trump's announcement that he was running for President was the third most-retweeted tweet of the year. While many people found the announcement humorous, others took it very seriously.
4. J.K. Rowling's Baby Announcement
J.K. Rowling's announcement of the birth of her new baby was the fourth most-retweeted tweet of the year. The baby's name, Albus Severus, was a tribute to two important Harry Potter characters.
5. The LeBron James Debate
The fifth most-retweeted tweet of the year was this video from ESPN's First Take, featuring Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless arguing about LeBron James. The debate was intense, and both sides made valid points.