KABUL: Afghanistan has become the top ranking word for Google’s Year in Search after the Taliban’s rise to power, followed by the devastating evacuations.
When searching for news, Google users were mostly interested in Afghanistan, according to the latest annual trending report of Alphabet Inc.’s search giant. The rest of the top places were dominated by Reddit stock favorites such as GameStop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., together with popular cryptocoins Ethereum and Dogecoin.
Meme stocks and cryptocurrencies rivaled major sport and the fallout from the Taliban’s rise to power as the biggest search and news trends for Google in 2021.
Afghanistan became the spotlight of international attention after the Taliban took power in August following the collapse of its republic government. The chaotic US-led evacuation from Kabul airport and the deaths of hundreds of people in a subsequent suicide bombing added to the saga. The economic and humanitarian turmoil that ensued Taliban takeover of the country and an end to the world’s aid has exacerbated the woes of the people.