After the government in virtual strike banned 59 Chinese Apps, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now decided to quit Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo, which he had joined a few years ago.
As soon as the move came, the prime minister’s account went blank after his profile photo, posts and comments were removed from the handle.
The Twitter-like account Weibo, the largest Chinese microblogging 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.
Prime Minister Modi had 115 posts on Weibo. It was decided to manually delete them and after much effort 113 posts were removed.
The two posts left were posts where the PM has photos with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On Weibo, it is difficult to remove posts with the photo of their president which is why two posts still remained.
Now, all the posts have gone.
Presently, the PM’s follower count stands at 244,000 — which was roughly the same when the deletion of posts began.