Meghan Markle was among the top search queries, but Google suggests Instagram and Facebook is on its way out
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 Facebook Developers conference (via Getty Images)
Google has released the annual results of its Year in Search 2018, and social media detoxes were among the most talked about topics in Britain.
For the first time “how to delete Instagram” and “how to delete Facebook” – in fifth and sixth place respectively – made it into the top ten queried list on the search engine service.
“How to get the old Snapchat back” claimed the fourth spot of most popular ‘how to’ questions of 2018.
Facebook sparked concern after US$119bn was wiped off its market value thanks to its first-ever decline in users in Europe in July.
The Mark Zuckerberg-founded company reported three million users in Europe abandoned the social network.
The Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal and the introduction of Europe’s strict new content regulation GDPR has been attributed to the drop.
Meanwhile, Facebook-owned Instagram usage is said to be on the upward trajectory.
The co-founder of Reddit, a website known as “the front page of Internet”, warned that social networks have reached saturation point.
"I really believe that we've hit peak social," said Alexis Ohanaian, speaking at the Business Insider’s Ignition Conference last week. “We’ve reached the ceiling.”
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Meghan Markle was the most searched-for person on Google for the second year running.
The former Suits actress-turned-Duchess of Sussex came second to the World Cup as the overall winner of Google searches in the UK.
Her marriage to Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, together with the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank helped “Royal Wedding” to become the top news event of year.
“Royal Baby” and “GDPR” were among the top three news events of the year, according to the Californian firm.
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