As India-China tensions continue, sources have revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deleted his account on Chinese social media app Weibo.
The move comes two days after India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Weibo and CamScanner citing data privacy concerns.
Sources said, "As soon as the decision was taken to disallow Chinese 59 apps in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided that he would be quitting Weibo, which he had joined a few years ago."
The sources added that there was a delay in the deletion of PM Modi's account from Weibo's end due to its user policy regarding verified accounts and as a result, India had to initiate an official process.
As soon as the decision was taken to disallow Chinese 59 Apps in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided that he would be quitting Weibo, which he had joined a few years ago: Sources pic.twitter.com/vDnIZwEqyF— ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2020
"For VIP accounts, Weibo has a more complex procedure to quit which is why the official process was initiated. For reasons best known to the Chinese, there was great delay in granting this basic permission," sources said.
"PM Modi had 115 posts on Weibo. It was decided to manually delete them and after much effort 113 posts were removed," they added. The two posts left were posts where PM Modi had shared photos with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On Weibo, it is difficult to remove posts with photos of their President which is why the two posts still remained.