The White House has unfollowed the Twitter account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian President according to several online sources.
The Twitter account of The White House has over 22 million followers and till 11 April it was following the accounts of Narendra Modi and the Indian president.
The news was first reported by Outlook India who wrote, “The official Twitter account of White House, the residence and workplace of the president of the United States, doesn’t follow Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi anymore on the micro-blogging site,”.
This move left the Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi dismayed over the decision who urged the External Affairs Ministry to take notice.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying:
I’m dismayed by the “unfollowing” of our President & PM by the White House. I urge the Ministry of External Affairs to take note,
However, according to the Press Trust of India, they were told by an official that The White House only follows the accounts of officials from other countries for a brief period usually during a presidential trip showing their support.
This moves although comes shortly after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that India should be added to a blacklist of countries that have violated the religious freedom and right of their citizens. They recommended that India be re-designated as a “country of particular concern”.