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Modi contemplates quitting social media

Sources say the Modi government decided to 'shock' the leftist mediums by depriving them of the business his presence generates for them

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Politics India Modi contemplates quitting social media

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the most followed personalities on social networking sites, shocked the world today by tweeting that he was considering “giving up” his social media accounts.”This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted,” said the tweet posted at 8.56 PM.

Prime Minister Modi has more than 50 million followers on Twitter and his Facebook page has more than 44 million ‘likes’.

Sources in the government say that the dispensation tried a lot to make the management of Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc get over their leftist bias — only to be frustrated. It finally decided to “shock” these mediums by depriving them of the business they get from the sheer presence of Narendra Modi on these platforms.

Modi would not be the first statesman fighting biased platforms. Last year, White House did not invite Facebook and Twitter to a social media summit hosted by President Donald Trump for a conversation on the challenges of the online environment. The two prominent social media companies were not extended invitations, CNN said.

CNN’s sources said they believed the summit was a right-wing grievance session, not aimed at discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies.

A year before that, President Trump had alleged Twitter was “shadow banning” and silencing conservative voices. And chief executive Jack Dorsey admitted his workers suffered from a “left-leaning” bias.

The Indian state under Narendra Modi has been at the receiving end not only of unsubstantiated, anti-Hindu reports in Indian as well as Western media about the amended citizenship law but also of mediums like Facebook and Twitter where those opposing the left view are harassed with censorships and bans. The managements of these networks do not spare even verified handles if their views are right-of-centre.

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