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Prime Minister hints at giving up social networks and puts Internet users to the expectation | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the largest social media draw in India and one of the largest in the world, surprised with this tweet at 8.56 p.m. Monday: “This Sunday, thinking about giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. I’ll keep you informed.”

The publication caused intense speculation about why Modi, who perfected the art of communicating directly with people, almost avoiding or “disintermediating” traditional traditional media, should contemplate that step.

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The absence of an official explanation generated an instant industry of theories. BJP officials offered some probable reasons such as Modi going to a “digital detoxification” or annoyed by the spread of “hate, false news and rumors” on social media platforms that feed the communal riots in Delhi and damage the image of the India.

There was a lack of clarity about whether the withdrawal would be limited to Sunday (International Women’s Day), or permanent, and some commenters suggested that the accounts could be in charge of women that day. It was also speculated that the government or an organization linked to it could launch a platform that is not “biased” against right-wing or pro-BJP managers.

It is not clear if PM Modi will stop using the NaMo application, PMO a / c also

PM Modi has a large presence in social networks with 53.3 million followers on Twitter, 44.5 million on Facebook, 35.2 million on Instagram and 4.5 million YouTube subscribers. However, the tweet and the prime minister’s publications on other social networks did not mention the NaMo application, which is also an important channel for communicating with the general public. Nor was the official PMO India account mentioned, which has more than 32 million followers on Twitter, and is expected to continue.

Modi also posted the same message on his Facebook page around 9.30 pm and, a few minutes later, on Instagram. Around 10:30 p.m., his tweet had about 53,000 comments, 27,000 retweets and 81,000 likes. Congressman Rahul Gandhi, who has 12.2 million followers, reacted by saying: “Give up hate, not social media accounts.”

The intention of the prime minister, if he continues, could be read as an act of deliberate withdrawal from the cacophony of social networks and an undeclared call for calm in a heated and divisive environment, according to government officials.

A minister had pointed out that several social networks were circulating without inhibition rumors and unverified claims about riots and protests linked to CAA, NRC and NPR.

The government and the BJP have faced the heat in India and abroad over the riots with reports accusing them of promoting majorityism and attacking Muslims with hate speech.

However, the backdrop makes Modi’s movement seem even more intriguing, considering that, under his leadership, BJP has used social networks aggressively and innovatively to boost his narrative and neutralize what he considers the bias. ” liberal / secular “of the mainstream media.

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