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US President Donald Trump has pipped Pope Francis and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to become the most followed world leader on micro-blogging site Twitter. With almost 40 million followers under his belt, Trump’s twitter handle has surpassed the pope, who uses nine different language accounts to send the same message in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, French, Latin, German and Arabic. Pope Francis has over 39.5 million followers at the time Twiplomacy crunched the number.
President Trump has been actively using Twitter to communicate directly with the American people especially as he sees bias in mainstream media against his administration. His constant usage of Twitter has also triggered a slew of controversies in the past.
Prime Minister Modi presently stands at third position with a staggering 34.9 million followers for his @narendramodi account. Besides, he also commands another 21.3 followers via @PMOIndia prime minister’s office account.
— Twiplomacy 🌐 (@Twiplomacy) October 4, 2017
Fifth and sixth spots are also being held by Trump with 20.5 million and 15.6 million followers–on the @potus and @WhiteHouse accounts which he inherited when he was sworn in as the 45th president of United States in January.
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds the seventh position, while India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is the eighth most followed person on Twitter.