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Modi 3rd most followed world leader after Trump and Pope: Study

Press Trust of India  |  Geneva 

is the third most followed world leader after US and Pope Francis, with 42 million followers on his personal account and 26 million followers on his institutional account, a global study said today.

"Over the past 12 months, @realDonaldTrump has achieved 264 million interactions, more than five times as many as Indian Narendra Modi, with 52 million interactions, and 12 times as many as Pope Francis," said Twiplomacy, a digital platform which assists international organisations and governments to improve their digital strategy.

The latest 'Twiplomacy' study by firm Burson (BCW) identified 951 accounts 372 personal and 579 institutional accounts of heads of state and government and foreign ministers of 187 countries.

"@NarendraModi is the third-most followed world leader with 42 million followers on his personal account and 26 million followers on his institutional account (@PMOIndia), which boasts the fourth-largest following," according to the study.

(@SushmaSwaraj), @QueenRania of and the Indonesian (@Jokowi) are in the top 10 list of the most followed leaders with more than 10 million followers each.

Swaraj is also the most followed foreign minister, with 11 million followers.

The official @POTUS account of the US and the @WhiteHouse accounts occupy the fifth and sixth rankings, with 23 and 17 million followers respectively. Turkey's President (@RT_Erdogan) has more than 12 million followers.

Sixty-nine world leaders have more than 1 million followers each.

The study said that 97 per cent of all 193 UN member states have an official presence on the platform.

The governments of only six countries, namely Laos, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, and do not have an official presence on the platform.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 22:05 IST
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