Prime Minister Modi Shuts Weibo Account After China App Ban

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deleted his account on Sina Weibo, China's reply to Twitter, an Indian authorities supply and the agency said, as tensions between the two nations proceed to simmer over a border skirmish.

Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 at some point of a go to to China, PM Modi has been an rare person of the Chinese social media platform. He had extra than 200,000 followers and one hundred posts earlier than the account was once shut.

Sina Weibo introduced the closure of the account late on Wednesday and the elimination comes a few days after India banned dozens of Chinese apps, together with Sina Weibo and ByteDance's TikTok, following the border conflict between the two nations.

An Indian authorities supply instructed Reuters on Thursday that it took time to get PM Modi's account taken down.

"For VIP accounts, Weibo has a greater complicated technique to cease which is why the respectable procedure used to be initiated. For motives fantastic regarded to the Chinese, there was once top notch extend in granting this fundamental permission," the supply said.

India misplaced 20 troopers in the conflict final month at the disputed Himalayan border in what it stated used to be a premeditated assault with the aid of Chinese troops. Beijing rejected the allegations and blamed frontline Indian troops for crossing into its facet of undemarcated border.

PM Modi was once amongst a handful of foreign leaders with a Weibo account.

Notably, PM Modi published the beginning dates of each Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang via wishing them "Happy Birthday" on Weibo. The beginning dates of senior leaders in China are normally no longer published publicly.

Chinese leaders are hardly ever energetic on social media. Foreign social media systems such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China.

The Indian supply stated all of PM Modi's posts on Weibo had been deleted besides for two displaying photographs of him with Xi. "On Weibo, it is tough to get rid of posts with the picture of their president," the supply said.

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