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Report: 90% of world's democracies have leaders embracing Twitter

By: Michael Hatamoto | Posted: Jan 1, 2015 @ 23:39 CST

Ninety percent of world's democracies have leaders active on Twitter, with 82 percent of leaders on the No. 2 social networking site, according to a Digital Policy Council (DPC) report.


Not surprisingly, President Obama's Twitter account is followed by 51 million users, while India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is No. 2 with 9 million followers. No. 3 on the list is Turkish President Recep Erdogan, despite his country's efforts to "wipe out" Twitter so it cannot be used by Turkish residents.

The rest of the list: No. 4 is Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; No. 5 is Queen Rania, the Queen Consort of the King of Jordan; No. 6 is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; No. 7 President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, No. 8 is President Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner from Argentina, No. 9 is Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; and No. 10 is Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff.

"The research reconfirms that heads of state who are confident in their leadership and assured of their political legitimacy are most comfortable with social media - regardless of the form of government whether they serve in democracies, monarchies, or autocracies," satrong said Omar Hijazi, Digital Daya Managing Partner, in a press statement.

The full report is available here (PDF).

(Image courtesy of Social Positives.)

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