Modi holds his place in Time's 'most influential people on Internet' list


For the second year in a row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named in the Time's 'most influential people on the Internet' list. The magazine, featuring him among 30 others, has described him as an “Internet star.”

It said that the tech savvy prime minister uses social media to conduct diplomacy and break news. He has over 18 million followers on Twitter and more than 32 million likes on his Facebook page.

“And unlike some of his contemporaries, he often uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy. On Christmas Day, for example, Modi tweeted that he would visit the Pakistani city of Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif, the leader of India’s chief regional rival, a happy 66th birthday,” it said.

It also recalled Modi's recent goof-up on Twitter, when he sent out a birthday tweet to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a wrong date.

Meanwhile, celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have been named in the list as well.

Reality star Kardashian, 35, and "Harry Potter" creator J. K. Rowling made the inaugural list last year, and they have maintained their status with fans online to stay on the publication's 2016 poll, reported US magazine.

Editors credit the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" beauty for having "made headlines for posting, and then ardently defending, a series of nude selfies", including a daring photo of herself completely naked on Twitter on March 6.

Meanwhile, British author Rowling easily makes the cut, having "cast a spell over the Internet, using Twitter and her website Pottermore to expand the Harry Potter universe". She has also been using her voice online to express her political views.

West, 38, makes his debut on Time's unranked list, after recently using his Twitter page to rant about everything from his fashion and music endeavours, while attacking fellow celebrities like Wiz Khalifa, dance star Deadmau5, and rock producer Bob Ezrin.

Others who made the cut on Time's list are "Late Late Show" host James Corden, Republican front-runner Donald Trump, India-origin YouTube sensation Lilly Singh aka Superwoman, DJ Khaled, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Caitlyn Jenner, Vine sensation Andrew Bachelor, Drake and plus-size model Tess Holliday.

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