We’re all guilty of sharing our inner turmoil on social media when we can’t sleep. Perhaps Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was doing the same when he tweeted out that he might dump his social accounts by Sunday.
This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 2, 2020
Narendra Modi then posted the same message on his Facebook and Instagram accounts as well.
Looks like the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader is under pressure.
Rather than asking him to stay, Netizens ended up trolling the PM instead.
I will quit Twitter, FB and Instagram. I will give my full attention to tik-tok now onwards. Mooh se paani ki pichkari nikaalkar i am a rider, provider videos banaunga sambit ke saath.
— Narendra Modi (Fake) (@Troll_Modi) March 2, 2020
Twitter felt this is a win-win.
Kursi bhi chod de yaar.
— Elizabeth Seshadri (@lizsesh) March 2, 2020
There were people doubting his ability to stay off the socials.
They also suggested that he switch to something more age-appropriate for him. So… TikTok anyone?
Don't tell me you're gonna try tiktok now https://t.co/QBeJFJBfad
— Saloni Gaur (@salonayyy) March 2, 2020
There were even suggestions for him to take his troupe with him.
Respected Modi ji,
Earnestly wish you would give this advise to the concerted army of trolls, who abuse-intimidate-badger-threaten others every second in you name!
Citizens of India. https://t.co/hGtf64Fyf9
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 2, 2020
PM, it's your fans and partymen that encourage genocide by spreading lies on their social media accounts.
Please ask all of them also to give up.
At-least then, we won't go to stage 9 and India can once again hope to become a peaceful progressive country. pic.twitter.com/nmeYRJSJlx
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) March 2, 2020
What will happen to all the “Blessed to be followed by Narendra Modi” gang?
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) March 2, 2020
Speaking of the hate brigade. When Modi accounted that he’d ditch his socials, Indian Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi was one of the first to respond. He suggested;
“Give up hatred, not social media accounts.”
Give up hatred, not social media accounts. pic.twitter.com/HDymHw2VrB
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 2, 2020
There is also speculation that this move is a prelude to a social media ban in the country. India is no stranger to social media regulation.
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. https://t.co/B87Y7Mc32a
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 2, 2020
Time for Indians to develop their own platforms for media. Otherwise, Indians will never have control of the narrative and are powerless to stop anti-Indian lies and extremism that stokes hatred of Indian people.
— Indian-Americans (@HinduAmericans) March 2, 2020
Amid all the hype around Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India‘ campaign, quitting social media doesn’t make sense. Which explains why most people took his statement to quit social media as a joke.
Meanwhile, certain BJP leaders like ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta said that she too will quit social media.