On 2nd March, Indian PM Modi created an online storm by announcing that he’s thinking about giving up his social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Most of his followers and critics believed he’s going to quit using all his social media account. What was to follow was a real surprise for all.
How PM Modi quitting social media surprised everyone
With 52.3 million Twitter followers, PM Modi is the most followed Indian on Twitter. He is most followed Indian on Facebook too. Modi has been one of the politicians who recognized the role of social media in politics much early and made full use of the platform. News of Modi announcing giving up social media struck everyone with a surprise. Why would a politician quit a platform that actually helped him in reaching out to people?
Some believed his account was hacked, many pleaded him not to give up his social media accounts.
The answer was to come the very next day. His political opponents, however, took no time to respond with tweets, trying to corner him on the recent Delhi communal riots. Rahul Gandhi his major political opponent was the first to respond.
They were in for a real surprise today when he announced that he is actually giving up his social media accounts as a token of recognition to women whose life and work inspire society. And he will be off the accounts for one day!
He wrote “This Women’s Day, I 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 or do you know such inspiring women? Share such stories using #SheInspiresUs.
The internet erupted once again!
Even after his tweet about giving up social media accounts, most observers believed that it is inconceivable that PM Modi will quit his social media account. He is such a prolific user who loves to use various forms of communication to reach his audience. They predicted that it may be for a cause and they were proven right.