The news of ‘unfollowing’ of twitter handle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, by White House spread like a wild fire across the nation on Wednesday, April 29, which attracted humongous furore among the citizens. Noticeably, the official Twitter handle of official residence and workplace of President of USA, White House, ‘unfollowed’ the most followed politician in the world, PM Narendra Modi, earlier this week.
The netizens questioned President Donald Trump’s residence and workplace administration for the act after the news surfaced on social media.
The incident was also taken up by the opposition leader and former President of Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi, on his twitter handle. “I’m dismayed by the “unfollowing” of our President & PM by the White House. I urge the Ministry of External Affairs to take note.,” wrote Rahul Gandhi on the incident.
I'm dismayed by the "unfollowing" of our President & PM by the White House. I urge the Ministry of External Affairs to take note.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 29, 2020
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Thursday, April 30, clarified on the whole episode and made some revelation on the ‘unfollowing’ episode. While quoting media reports, the MEA clarified that the White House briefly followed PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other Indian officials as President Donald Trump was to visit the country in February.
“It is cleared by the White House through media report. They briefly followed twitter account during the president’s visit. This is done so that the officials of the host country can retweet the messages about the visit,” stated MEA before press reporters, quoted source.
President Donald Trump had come on a visit to India in the last week of February this year, and as a protocol of the White House, it’s Twitter handle followed the prominent officials of the host country, i.e. India, for a purpose. The Twitter handle, @WhiteHouse, had followed PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Office, the Indian Embassy in the US, the US embassy in India and Ken Juster who is the US Ambassador to India.
The White House’s official clarified on the scoop to the news agency PTI, on the condition to remain undisclosed. The incident of White House ‘following’ PM Modi’s Twitter handle had become a topic of prestige in the media reports quoting PM Modi being the only PM followed by White House. However, this turned out to be mere a part of their protocol.