New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has aced the list of newsmakers in India in 2018, according to the Yahoo Year in Review list. Modi has stayed on top of his game by staying on top of the list for about two years now. He is followed by none other than Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
The third spot has gone to former chief justice Dipak Misra who made his mark by passing some landmark judgements during his tenure; like Article 377. Other names of note were those of alleged economic offenders Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, on #4 and 5. On spot 6 is journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar who resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs after allegations of sexual harassment.
Yahoo statement listed out the top three fake news of the year and said, “There was plenty of fake news swirling online in 2018. Did Modi really touch Owaisi’s feet? (photoshopped!), Modi hires a personal make-up artist for Rs 15 lakh a month (an old photo from when Madame Tussaud’s took PM Modi’s measurements) and Rahul Gandhi holds woman’s hand on stage (taken before a large group lifted hands in solidarity at a Jan Andolan rally).”
Year in Review (YIR) chronicles the top choices of Internet users in India and is based on users’ search habits and a selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo.
“Over the last decade, YIR has documented the growing empowerment of the country’s online audience, seen in the expression and sharing of new ideas online. This year, the collective power of India’s Internet users fuelled the watershed #MeTooIndia movement. India’s #MeToo Survivors, who started a conversation with wide-reaching impact, are YIR’s 2018 Personality of the year,” it said.
The Karnataka election — one of the most important events on this year’s political calendar — was the Most Searched for Term in 2018. A HuffPost India investigation into the hacking of the Aadhaar software came in at No. 2 on this list, sparking a nation-wide debate and trending online, it noted.
Mallya and Nirav Modi were also on the list of Most Searched for Terms in 2018.
RBI Governor Urjit Patel came in at the top of 2018’s Finance Newsmakers by holding his own against the government. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani came in second on this list. Brother Anil Ambani also features on the list for the Rafale deal controversy, Yahoo said.
“Bollywood actress Sridevi became one of the Most Searched for Female Celebrities in 2018. They also rooted for Sonali Bendre, who shared her fight against cancer online with #switchonthesunshine, putting her on the list,” it said.