Narendra Modi says he is considering 'giving up' social media accounts on 8 March, Rahul Gandhi says give up hatred instead

In a cryptic tweet on Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was considering 'giving up' his accounts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube from the coming Sunday, 8 March.

FP Staff March 02, 2020 21:36:08 IST
Narendra Modi says he is considering 'giving up' social media accounts on 8 March, Rahul Gandhi says give up hatred instead
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is considering "giving up" his accounts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube on Sunday, 8 March.

  • 'Will keep you all posted,' the tweet said

  • CNN-News18 reported that the move could be in preparation for a campaign by the Centre for International Women's Day, which also happens to fall on 8 March

In a cryptic tweet on Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is considering "giving up" his accounts on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube on Sunday, 8 March. "Will keep you all posted," the tweet said.

CNN-News18 reported that the move could be in preparation for a campaign by the Centre for International Women's Day, which also happens to fall on 8 March. However, the report quoted sources in the Prime Minister's Office as saying that more information will be disseminated in due course.

Narendra Modi says he is considering giving up social media accounts on 8 March Rahul Gandhi says give up hatred instead

The prime minister's decision to leave social media comes days after a spate of violence gripped northeast Delhi over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and led to the deaths of at least 47 people.

Modi has 53.3 million followers on Twitter, 44 million followers on Facebook, and 35.2 million followers on Instagram. In September 2019, Modi was the third most followed world leader on the microblogging site, behind only US president Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama.

Narendra Modi says he is considering giving up social media accounts on 8 March Rahul Gandhi says give up hatred instead

Modi was the first Indian to cross the 50-million followers mark on Twitter.

Reactions to Modi's announcement ranged from hoping that the prime minister's social media 'detox' will lead to press conferences, to Twitter users taking a jibe at Modi's supporters who add 'followed by Narendra Modi' to their descriptions. In the past, Modi has been criticised for following accounts that post incendiary content.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Randeep Singh Surjewala said that Modi should "give up hatred" and also encourage the "army of trolls" who intimidate people "in Modi's name.

 

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