Trump claimed that he is no 1 on Facebook, at number 2 Narendra Modi before India visit
Trump claimed that he is no 1 on Facebook, at number 2 Narendra Modi ahead of India visit, attributing the ranking to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
February 16, 2020
Before India visit, Trump claimed that he's number 1 on Facebook, at number 2 Narendra Modi, attributing the ranking to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Topping the social media sweepstakes and talking up his status could also be as important as trade and tariffs to US President Donald Trump as he heads bent India next week. In an unexpected shot across the bow of PM Narendra Modi, who is himself an adept social media user, Trump claimed that he has the top following on Facebook, followed by Narendra Modi, attributing the ranking to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“Great honour, I think? Mark Zuckerberg recently stated that ‘Donald J Trump is number 1 on Facebook. Number 2 is Prime Minister Modi of India.’ Actually, i'm getting to India in fortnight . Looking forward to it!” Trump tweeted suo motu. It was not clear what caused him to tweet that claim.
The claim may have some merit if one considers only political leaders and heads of state , but it doesn't withstand broader scrutiny. The most followed Facebook account is that of Facebook itself, whose pages have 214 million followers, followed by Samsung at 159 million. Among individuals, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo tops at122 million, followed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at 116 million. In fact, Trump with 27 million followers is way behind Modi who has more than 44 million followers on the platform. The US president doesn’t even feature in the Top 100.
The US president does much better on Twitter, his favourite platform, coming in 9th with 73 million followers. Modi ranks 18th with 53 million followers. The top following on Twitter though is for Trump’s bete noire, former President Barack Obama, who has 113 million followers three years after demitting office. He is followed by a raft of entertainers and sportspersons, including Justin Bieber (119m), Katy Perry (108m), Rihanna (96m), Taylor Swift (86m), Cristiano Ronaldo (83m), Lady Gaga (81m) and Ellen DeGeneres (79m).
Trump is regarded — and regards himself — as something of a social media wizard although some surveys show that Americans think he tweets too much, and liberal pundits have excoriated him for spending too much time tweeting on unsecured phones and watching too much TV.
While Trump’s tweets are now considered official statements of the president, he is prone to frequent gaffes and tasteless messages. On Saturday (15 Feb 2020), he retweeted a post by someone showing a video clip of a city mayor who “excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to modify off his mic on his tie.” What followed was the audio of somebody emitting loud farts within the bathroom. Trump fans and found the tweet very funny, while others found it gross and another example of a president who has big amount of time on his hands.