Social media has really changed the way in which global leaders communicate with their citizens and the world at large.
The social media channel has opened instant channels of communication, with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram providing the opportunity of ‘live’ interaction with the leaders.
With roughly 8.43 million followers, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, is now the most followed Arab leader on Twitter and the tenth most followed world leader.
US President Donald Trump has replaced Pope Francis as the most followed world leader in the list by @Twiplomacy, an account which is run by the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.
Since the study’s data was collected on October 1, Donald Trump has topped 40 million followers on his personal account @realDonaldTrump. Trump is also ranked fifth with the President’s official @POTUS account, which has 20.6 million followers.
With almost 40 million followers US President @realDonaldTrump is now the most followed world leader on Twitter #Twiplomacy pic.twitter.com/eDHgO5fzsa
— Twiplomacy 🌐 (@Twiplomacy) October 4, 2017
Not too long ago in May, Pope Francis (@Pontifex) was the most followed world leader.
Other world leaders in the top 10 rankings include the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Jordan’s Queen Rania is the the second most followed female world leader following Sushma Swaraj and the second most followed Arab leader with 8.11 million followers.
Saudi’s King Salman is third on the list of Arab leaders with 6.63 million followers.