Handing Over Social Media Accounts for Women’s Day: Modi Clarifies

It wasn’t even clear whether Modi was thinking of quitting the social media for good or just for Sunday.

Updated03 Mar 2020, 08:33 AM IST
India
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A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a cryptic tweet that he will be "giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube" on Sunday, he clarified what the goal was.

In a follow-up tweet on Tuesday, 3 March, the prime minister noted that to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, he will “give away my social media accounts to women whose life & work inspire us. This will help them ignite motivation in millions.”

“Are you such a woman, do you know such inspiring women? Share stories using #SheInspiresUs,” added PM Modi.

What did PM Tweet Earlier?

Modi's tweet on Monday had sparked curiosity across social media platforms – with many speculating whether he was planning on quitting his virtual presence altogether.

It wasn't even clear whether Modi was thinking of quitting the social media for good or just for Sunday.

Soon after his tweet on Monday, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Randeep Singh Surjewala slammed the prime minister's announcement, with Gandhi asking Modi to give up hatred rather than his accounts.

His earlier tweet shocked his supporters and in no time, the hashtag #NoSir and #NoModiNoTwitter became the top trends during Monday and Tuesday.

Modi has an active presence across the various social media platforms, which he has effectively used to convey his government’s policy decisions.

The prime minister is the third-most followed leader on Twitter with 53.3 million followers, after former US president Barack Obama and the current US president Donald Trump.

Modi also has 35.2 million followers on photo-sharing platform Instagram, and 44.7 million on Facebook. He also has 4.51 million subscribers on video-based platform YouTube.

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Published: 03 Mar 2020, 07:59 AM IST
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