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7 things from Davos 2018 that people were really talking about

7 things from Davos 2018 that people were really talking about
By Emma Beswick
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Trump's 'fake news' rant grabbed international headlines but on social media, users were discussing a wealth of other key subjects. Here are the posts that created the biggest buzz.

A wrestling star at the World Economic Forum


WWE star Stephanie McMahon posted a picture of herself in the Swiss mountain snow.

The CBO of the renowned wrestling gave CNBC the "three key lessons she's learned on her way up the corporate ladder.

Trudeau and Macri meet Malala

Malala Yousafzai, a 20-year-old Pakistani activist, was photographed with a beaming President of Argentina Mauricio Macri and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

Macri published the photograph on Facebook along with a gushing caption lauding Yousafzai's achievements at such a young age and saying it was a "privilege" to meet her.

The post was liked over 12,000 times.

Soros speech: Trump administration will 'disappear'

Billionaire Democrat donor George Soros didn't pull any punches during his speech at Davos, which was widely shared across social media.

Firstly, he called out Putin, saying Russia was an example of a "mafia state," then moving on to Trump who he said, "would like to establish a mafia state, but can't".

"Clearly I consider the Trump administration to be a danger to the world but I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020 or even sooner," he quipped.

This provoked a widespread reaction, with many questioning what Soros meant. Like this Facebook comment from Ben Shapiro, American conservative political commentator, that was shared over 7,000 times.

Modi's regal photograph

Indian PM Narendra Modi made the forum’s first speech by an Indian head of state in more than two decades.

An obligatory photograph in Davos' deep snow, with Modi looking off into the distance, garnered at least 345,000 likes on Facebook.

Anything involving Shah Rukh Khan!

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan certainly made an impression during his time in Davos, where he picked up a Crystal award for his work with female acid attack victims, as part of his non-profit Meer Foundation.

He told CNBC that he thought "every leader in the world" should promote the MeToo movement.

It would appear any post featuring Khan turned to gold including his own Facebook post, which was shared over 300,000 times.

Oxfam's headline-grabbing report...

The charity tweeted ahead of the World Economic Forum on Monday, referencing a report it had compiled claiming that 42 people hold the same amount of wealth as the 3.7bn people who make up the poorest half of the world’s population. 

This sparked backlash from some, like former Conservative MP in the UK Rob Wilson, who told The Telegraph Oxfam was "alienated government through Left-wing bias the accused it of bias".

Oxfam responded with a tweet on Friday saying it was "not obsessed with billionaires" but with ending poverty.

...and Bernie Sanders' observations about report 

US Senator Bernie Sanders showed his support for the report, citing Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, who said: "The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system."

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