According to the newly released 2017 “World Leaders on Facebook” study by leading strategic communications and global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the most followed world leader on Facebook.
Modi also had the most interactions (likes, comments, and shares) of any world leader on Facebook in 2016. His post of a set of three pictures of his mother visiting his Prime Ministerial residence was the second most popular post.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump is in second place with 20 million followers on his personal page.
The report also stated that the third position belonged to the PMO account on Facebook, which had over 13 million followers. Other Indian leaders that featured in the top 20 list included President Pranab Mukherjee at number 9 and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at number 16.
Former US president Barack Obama was until recently the most followed world leader on Facebook with 52 million followers. The report stated that the personal page of Barack Obama comes fifth in the top list, with over 30 million interactions for 2016.