PM Modi tops list of most followed leaders on Instagram

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2018, 11.44 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has topped the list of most followed leaders on the photo-sharing app Instagram, a recent study by Twiplomacy revealed on December 4.

With over 15 million followers, PM Modi has ranked the list defeating world leaders like Donald Trump, Joko Widodo, Pope Francis, Queen Rania.

While Joko Widodo has 14 million followers, Donald Trump has 10.9 million, Pope Francis 5.7 million and Queen Rania 4.9 million.

The report published in Twiplomacy states that only Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping do not have personal accounts on Instagram.

It, however, added that the Russian government maintains the official @PhotoGovernment channel and the Chinese State Council Information Office seems to have reserved the @ChinaSCIO account. 

The report also said that all leaders of the G7 and all but two of the G20 leaders have personal profiles on the platform. 

According to the report, the picture of newly married Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma with PM Modi is the most liked picture posted by any world leader.

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And the picture of PM Modi standing in Davaheadhed of the World Economic Forum 2018 is the second most liked picture.

In July this year, PM Modi was ranked third most followed leader on social networking site Twitter. 

He, however, lost around three lakh followers after the social networking site launched a crackdown for fake accounts.

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With over 15 million followers, PM Modi has ranked the list defeating world leaders like Donald Trump, Joko Widodo, Pope Francis, Queen Rania.