Why White House Unfollowed Twitter Handle of PM Modi?
The White House explained on Wednesday that its official twitter handle only typically follows the twitter accounts of the host countries’ officials for a short period of time during the presidential trip to be able to retweet the message in order to support the visit.
During the visit of President Donald Trump to India in February’s last week, White House official twitter handle – @WhiteHouse started following the twitter accounts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister’s Office, the US Embassy in India, the Indian Embassy in the US and Ken Juster, the US Ambassador to India.
The White House unfollowed all these twitter accounts earlier this week.
“The White House Twitter account normally follows senior US government Twitter accounts, and others as appropriate. For example, during the time of a presidential visit, the account typically follows for a short time, the host country’s officials to retweet their messages in support of the visit,” said a senior administration official on behalf of these anonymous conditions.
The official gave this response to the questions arising why the white house followed and unfollowed the twitter accounts of India’s President, Kovind and Prime Minister, Modi, and other four accounts.
The unfollowing by the White House of the PM Modi and President Kovind drew major attention on social media in India.
Rahul Gandi senior Congress leader said in a tweet he was dismayed at the unfollowing by the White House.
“I’m dismayed by the “unfollowing” of our President & PM by the White House. I urge the Ministry of External Affairs to take note,” he said on Wednesday in a tweet. The White House had 22 million followers as of Wednesday.
The White House has been following 13 twitter handles traditionally including Donald Trump and the official Twitter handle of Donald Trump, the Vice President, the First Lady, the Second Lady, the National Security Council, the New press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the former White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham.