The Indian government recently banned 59 Chinese applications. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known for his active social media accounts, had decided to quit the Chinese microblogging website Weibo. It is the most popular social media platform in China, and PM Modi joined it a few years ago.
BREAKING NEWS👇 PM Modi quits Chinese App Weibo. As soon as the decision was taken to disallow Chinese 59 Apps in India, PM Modi decided that he would be quitting Weibo, which he had joined a few years ago. Took 2 days as Weibo has specific procedure for VIP account to quit. pic.twitter.com/T8lWao81Yl
First PM Narendra Modi’s photo, posts and comments have been removed from his Weibo account but it remained a blank page on the site. But later the account was also removed. Before the removal, he had around 2.5 lakh followers on the Chinese micro-blogging site, where he used to post in the Chinese language. The Indian PM had joined Weibo in 2015, ahead of his first visit to China as PM.
The removal of the account came days after the text of PM Modi’s speech and few other official statements of Indian govt were removed from Weibo and WeChat accounts of the Indian embassy in Beijing.