The White House on Wednesday (April, 29 2020) explained why its Twitter handle had 'unfollowed' the Twitter accounts of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister's office, the Indian Embassy in the US, the US Embassy in India and the US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster. Today the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) revealed the exact reason behind the White House's decision to unfollow the PM & President's Twitter accounts.
The reason of Unfollow revealed on Wednesday when Ministry of External Affairs answered the reason in its press briefing. The Unfollowing of the accounts of President and Prime Minister of India caused an uproar in the media. The White house gave a statement regarding the unfollow on this Wednesday.
The White House follows the accounts of officials from host countries for a brief period during a presidential trip to retweet their messages in support of the visit. During President Donald Trump's visit to India in the last week of February, the official Twitter handle of the White House -- @WhiteHouse -- had started 'following' the accounts of President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister's office, the Indian Embassy in the US, the US Embassy in India and the US Ambassador to India.
The White House Twitter account normally follows senior US government Twitter accounts, and others as appropriate. For example, during the time of a presidential visit, the account typically follows for a short time, the host country's officials to retweet their messages in support of the visit, a senior administration official told PTI on the condition of keeping the identity anonymous.
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It has traditionally been following 13 accounts including that of President Donald Trump and his official Twitter handle, the First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Lady, the new Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the National Security Council and the former White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, among others.
It is cleared by The White House through media report. They briefly followed Twitter account during the President's visit. This is done so that officials of the host country can retweet the messages about the visit: MEA on reports of unfollowing by The White House— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020