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Modi and Trump in social media race, and White House is counting

Both leaders are enthusiastic users of social media and have used the various platforms to broadcast their plans, vision and achievements.

world Updated: Jul 08, 2017 18:45 IST
Yashwant Raj
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from New Delhi for his three-nation visit of Portugal, the US and the Netherlands on Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from New Delhi for his three-nation visit of Portugal, the US and the Netherlands on Saturday.(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump are both enthusiastic users of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. But who has the edge with respect to the number of followers?

Trump on Twitter and Modi on Facebook.

Trump has 32.7 million followers on Twitter to Modi’s 30.9 million, but he trails the Indian leader by a wide margin on Facebook — with 23.6 million followers to Modi’s 41.7 million.

Both leaders are enthusiastic users of social media and have used the various platforms to broadcast their plans, vision and achievements — and in Trump’s case, to start or settle slugfests in front of his followers.

The American president’s Twitter lead was brought up on Friday by a senior White House official at a background briefing to preview the two leaders upcoming meeting on Monday.

“They are the world’s two most followed political leaders on social media,” the official said while discussing interests and traits of the two leaders, also noting that Trump was “slightly ahead” of Modi.

Trump has more followers on Twitter than Modi, but trails the Indian leader by a wide margin on Facebook. (AP)

If Trump and Modi were to ever get around to discussing their social media platforms — Modi and former President Barack Obama had a long discussion about their use of social media during their dinner at the White House in September 2014 — it will be interesting to know what transpired.

Will this come up? It’s an unequal race in one way — while Modi follows Trump on Twitter, Trump doesn’t follow him. But then again, Trump doesn’t follow any other world leader — the 45 people Trump follows are mostly family, family-owned businesses, aides and media personalities.

Modi follows over 1,700 people that include several world leaders such as Trump, British Prime Minister Teresa May, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and South African President Jacob Zuma.