New Delhi :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity is rising worldwide as he becomes most followed world leader on photo-sharing app Instagram with a whopping 6.9 million followers, surpassing US President Donald Trump.
Modi, who has put out 101 posts till date, is also the most "effective world leader" on the platform, a conclusion that was reached based on the comments and likes that his posts garner.
The findings are part of a global study, "World Leaders on Instagram", that analysed the activity of around 325Instagram accounts of heads of state and government and foreign ministers over the last one year.
Trump, who occupies the second spot, has 6.3 million followers while Pope Francis is in third place with 3.7 million followers, ahead of the White House account with 3.4million followers.
The study, undertaken by public relations firmBurson-Marsteller, claimed Modi's posts receive an average of2,23,000 interactions (comments and likes). "Leaders around the world are creating online communications that convey global social and political context while also sharing a sense of personality and creativity,"said Don Baer, CEO of Burson-Marsteller, in a statement.
Seventy-three heads of state, 38 heads of government and28 foreign ministers maintain personal pages on the platform,it said.