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Prime Minister Modi’s account on Weibo goes blank

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After the government banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also quit Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The account of Modi went blank on Wednesday. Modi had joined the Twitter-like account in 2015.

Modi had 115 posts on Weibo of which 113 posts were manually deleted. Media reports quoted officials as saying that VIP accounts took long time to be deleted. Interestingly, two posts showing photos of Modi with President Xi Jinping was not removed as sources said that it was difficult to remove posts with the photo of Chinese President on the site.

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Modi had 2,44,000 followers. Media reports quoted sources as saying that it took a long time for the Chinese site to get permission to delete the posts.

China had criticised India for banning 59 mobile apps including Tik Tok, UC Browser and others saying it ran afoul of WTO norms.

The government had justified the ban stating the Chinese apps were prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence of the country.