PM Modi quits Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo, all posts, profile picture removed

July 1, 2020: After 59 Chinese apps were banned by the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Weibo account went blank on Wednesday. The PM's profile photo, posts and comments have been removed fr

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July 1, 2020: After 59 Chinese apps were banned by the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Weibo account went blank on Wednesday. The PM's profile photo, posts and comments have been removed from the Twitter-like account.

The removal of all information from Modi’s Weibo comes 10 days after at least three official Indian statements – including the PM’s – were deleted from the Indian embassy’s official account on the popular social media app, WeChat.

It could not be immediately ascertained when Modi’s Weibo handle was taken down but on Wednesday, the page was blank.

It also comes in the backdrop of India banning 59 Chinese apps on Monday because of security and data breach concerns.

The Twitter-like account Weibo, the largest Chinese micro blogging site, has a more complex procedure to quit for VIP accounts, which is why the official process was initiated. For reasons best known to the Chinese, there was a great delay in granting this basic permission.

Two posts could still not be deleted because they featured PM Modi's photos with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Chinese app cannot delete photos of their President easily, said sources.

The Prime Minister had 2,44,000 followers on Weibo and had 115 posts on it.

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