New Delhi: Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hinted at giving up Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, netizens went abuzz with reasons as why Modi was thinking about quitting social media. Though the Prime Minister did not specify the reason behind contemplating such a move, sources as well as some BJP leaders have indicated that the Prime Minister might switch on to a new swadeshi social media platform ‘My Network’ on Sunday, March 8. Also Read - Netizens Urge PM Modi Not to Quit Social Media, Amruta Fadnavis Says ‘Will Follow my Leader’
Reports have suggested that government is expected to launch a new platform ‘My Network’ on NaMo App where Indians can create their profiles, express their views and exchange messages and ideas. Also Read - ‘Give up Hatred, Not Social Media Accounts,’ Rahul Gandhi Urges PM Modi
Earlier, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and RSS think tanks had suggested to launch an Indian social media platform like Facebook and YouTube. Industrialists like Anand Mahindra and Yoga Guru Ramdev had also advised the government to start an Indian social media platform. Also Read - 'Thinking of Giving up Social Media Accounts,' PM Modi's Tweet Leaves Country Stumped
Some BJP leaders have also dropped hints on the same lines suggesting that an internal message was doing the rounds that BJP workers and followers should join NamoApp’s Swadeshi platform #MyNetwork and give vent to their voice, feelings and emotion.
Opposition leaders and political analysts speculated that the move could have something to do with banning the social media platforms in India or something is in the works to make citizens follow suit.
Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide to ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and a political analyst warned of “a big assault on… freedom of expression…”, suggesting that PM Modi logging off could mean something is in the works to make citizens follow suit. ‘Time to be vigilant’, he had tweeted.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor asserted that this (PM’s tweet) may be a precursor to banning social media platforms in the country.
“The PM’s abrupt announcement has led many to worry whether it’s a prelude to banning these services throughout the country too. As @narendramodi knows well, social media can also be a force for good & for positive & useful messaging. It doesn’t have to be about spreading hate,” Congress leader Tharoor had posted on the micro-blogging site.
The Tweet That Created a Storm on Social Media
PM Modi has clearly mentioned his social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube – which he is thinking of giving up.
“This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted,” Modi said on his official Twitter handle yesterday.
No where in his tweet does he hint that he will quit social media entirely. The tweet got over 90.7 K comments and over 27,000 “likes” in just 30 minutes.
He is the most followed Indian on Twitter with 53.3 million followers. Besides, he is only the third world leader to have crossed the 50 million followers mark on Twitter after former US President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump.