US President Donald Trump took the top slot this weekend among current world leaders to become the world’s most followed leader on social networking site Twitter.
Trump overtook Pope Francis and and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his personal twitter account @realDonaldTrump. According to Twitplomacy, over the weekend Donald Trump, with about 40 million followers, took the top spot on its tracked list of about 890 accounts of leaders like heads of state and government.
The POTUS’s micro-blogging site’s Twitter handle also overtook the Pope, who uses nine different language accounts to send the same message in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, French, Latin, German and Arabic.
The billionaire President’s twitter followers also surpassed the Indian Prime Minister’s 34.9 million followers for his official @narendramodi account. Modi also has another 21.3 followers via @PMOIndia prime minister’s office account.
The President also holds the fifth and sixth spots with 20.5 million and 15.6 million followers–on the @potus and @WhiteHouse accounts which the POTUS inherited when he was sworn in as the 45th president of United States in January this year.
Burson-Marsteller has been tracking Twitter followers of world leaders, along with other social media metrics for several years. It does not account for fake bot followers.
President Trump’s social media presence has attracted attention worldwide ever since he joined the platform in March 2009. He has actively used Twitter to communicate directly with the American people especially during the last US election where he defeated the Democratic party nominee Hilary Clinton mainly due to the power of social media - Twitter. The president decided to hold on to his twitter account to 'expose the truth' as he says, given the mainstream media bias against his administration which he claimed was against the American people.