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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting an exhibition organized by the National Archives of India to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran, in New Delhi on April 10, 2017. (IANS/PIB photo)

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most followed world leader on photo-sharing app Instagram with a whopping 6.9 million followers, surpassing U.S. 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,” which analyzed the activity of around 325 Instagram 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 3.4 million followers.

The study, undertaken by public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, claimed Modi's posts receive an average of 2,23,000 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 and 28 foreign ministers maintain personal pages on the platform, it said. 

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