The Weekly Trends Roundup: Rio, Dubai and Eastwood catch fire
It's time for our online week in review, tracking the trending topics and top stories that kept social media users hooked for the past few days.
Instagram introduced Instagram Stories, a Snapchat-like feature that allows users to share moments from their day that do not show up permanently on their personal profile but rather appear in a slideshow format on their timeline and disappears after 24 hours.
The new feature quickly became the talk of the internet, as social media users were caught up in an infinite Snapchat vs. Instagram paradigm that was also illustrated in media headlines for a number of days after.
A knife attack struck Central London on Wednesday night, leaving five people injured and ultimately resulting in the death of an American woman.
The attacker, a 19-year-old Norwegian, was arrested on suspicion of murder but London's Metropolitan Police said there was no evidence of terrorism in the stabbing incident.
An Emirates plane that was coming from the Indian state of Kerala crash-landed in Dubai International Airport on Aug. 4 and caught fire. All 300 passengers on board were luckily able to escape the aircraft in a timely manner, but one of the firefighters tackling the fire died on duty. Flights were suspended for several hours following the incident.
Four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood was under heavy social media fire a few days ago for allegedly defending Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's racist tirades in an interview with Esquire.
The 86-year-old actor/director and Republican Party supporter also delivered a harsh assessment of the current generation of Americans during the interview by depicting them as weak and overly sensitive.
The highly awaited Rio Olympics 2016 kicked off on Aug. 6 with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium. The official hashtag has eventually been trending worldwide since then, with many athletes making highlights with their record-breaking achievements including American competition swimmer Katie Ledecky who destroyed the world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle.