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PM Modi now most followed active politician on Twitter after suspension of Trump’s account

NEW DELHI; Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the most followed active politician on Twitter after the micro-blogging platform permanently suspended the account of US President Donald Trump, following the siege on the Capitol Hill on Friday by hundreds of pro-Trump rioters.

PM Modi currently has 64.7 million followers, while Trump had 88.7 million followers before his account was suspended. Former US President Barack Obama, however, remains the most followed politician on Twitter with 127.9 million followers.

US President-elect Joe Biden has 23.3 million followers. Also, Union home minister Amit Shah currently has 24.2 million followers, and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal 21.2 million followers.

Two days after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Hill in Washington DC, Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account on Friday due to the "risk of further incitement of violence".

"After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said in a tweet.

Twitter also banned two Trump loyalists - former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell - permanently as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. Twitter said it will take action on behaviour that has the potential to lead to offline harm.

"Given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behaviour in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content," Twitter said in an emailed statement. The company also said Trump attorney Lin Wood was permanently suspended on Tuesday for violating its rules but provided no additional details.

The company said that when it determines a group or campaign is engaged in "coordinated harmful activity", it may suspend accounts that it finds primarily encourages that behaviour.


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