Another major figure could soon join the list of a growing number of people who are done with social media: The leader of the world’s largest democracy.
Modi, whose 53 million followers on Twitter make him one of the most popular figures on the microblogging social network, did not offer any rationale for his thinking.
On his Facebook page, he has more than 44 million followers; on Instagram, 35.2 million; and 4.5 million on Google’s video platform.
The closure of the accounts, which Modi says he might do over the weekend, may further distance the leader from wide swathes of issues — growing unemployment in the nation, slowing economy, riots in national capital New Delhi and protests against his recent policies, to name a few — that some critics say his ruling party refuses to acknowledge, let alone fix.
And it would be a stark departure from how he has used his social media accounts over the years. Modi, and his political party Bharatiya Janata Party, have used Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and several other internet services very efficiently to promote their messages and agendas, something that played a key role in his re-election last year.
Modi’s office also maintains an app, called NaMo, to share his thinking with the people. It’s one of the most downloaded apps on Google Play Store in India. No word on whether the NaMo app would also be axed.
For Modi, quitting social media may at least bring some peace to him. Some of the people he has chosen to follow have been found inciting violence and spreading false information on numerous occasions, according to several analysts.
Social Media Buzz: Connery Dies; American Rescued; Taiwan Pride – BNN
(Bloomberg) — What’s buzzing on social media this morning:
Fans of Sean Connery mourned the passing of the original James Bond star on Twitter. The Scottish-born actor, the first to utter the famous movie line, “the name’s Bond, James Bond,” died at 90.
An American citizen who’d been held hostage for several days in Nigeria was rescued by U.S. forces on Saturday, according to the Pentagon. The man, an American missionary, was abducted this week from his home in a small southern Niger village, ABC News reported. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo hailed the rescue.
The New York Post is allowed to tweet again. Twitter Inc. earlier locked the newspaper’s account following its publication of a story on Oct. 14 that contained allegations about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Bitcoin advocates celebrated the 12th anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper, released by the mysterious inventor Satoshi Nakamoto on Halloween 2008. This week, the price of the largest digital currency rallied to its highest level in almost three years.
Taiwan held its annual pride parade on Saturday, as tens of thousands of people gathered for the world’s largest such event since the pandemic began. More than 200 days have passed without a local Covid-19 transmission on the island.
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Iqaluit woman's daily social media videos offer Inuit-specific 'reasons to stay alive' – CBC.ca
A young woman from Iqaluit is using social media to advocate for more mental health resources in her community by spreading messages of hope.
Annie Buscemi, 23, an apprentice electrician who has been off work since getting injured in September, started an Instagram and a TikTok account in early October to cope with not being able to work.
Every day on her accounts — ullaakkut (which means good morning in Inuktitut) on Instagram and annieneevee on TikTok — Buscemi posts a video in which she gives one Inuit-specific reason to stay alive.
“I wanted to find a way to keep my mental health healthy and keep my days positive. And when I started this thing, I found a really big difference in my own daily life as well,” she said.
Buscemi said in the last five or six years, she tried several times to talk to a counsellor about her own mental health and has only been able to do so on a couple of occasions.
“Unfortunately, I had to speak to one of them in a hospital, [in] an emergency situation,” she said.
“I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with my own mental health and I found that the mental health resources in Iqaluit aren’t helping me.”
As long as I keep going for myself, I can keep going for other people. – Annie Buscemi
Buscemi said she wants to see more mental health counsellors in Iqaluit and more Inuit-specific youth programs to help young Inuit connect more with their culture.
In the meantime, she decided to take “little steps” like the daily videos she posts, she said.
Impact ‘makes me want to keep going’
Buscemi said she receives messages daily on her Instagram account, which already has more than 600 followers, and her TikTok account that has more than 6,800 followers. People from across Canada and the U.S. thank her for doing the videos.
“Some people have shared their own experiences and how my videos have helped them in their daily lives so I feel like I’m making a pretty big impact and it’s having a big impact on me, too.” she said.
Her latest fan, she said, is her grandmother, to whom she showed her account earlier this week when they had dinner together.
Buscemi said her grandmother spent close to two hours on her couch looking at her videos.
“She was sitting there laughing and sometimes she had tears in her eyes … It makes me want to keep going, like even more,” she said.
Dealing with the pressure
Buscemi started getting recognized in Iqaluit, a city of about 7,700 people, where she said people she doesn’t know have thanked her for posting the videos.
While she appreciates that people like her videos, she also said the recognition and attention leads to pressure.
There are some days, she said, she deals with it by turning off her phone for a couple of hours.
“[It’s to] ground myself … remind myself that I’m doing this for me.
“I don’t want to start thinking that I’m doing this for other people [although] in a way, I am … I have to keep going for myself. As long as I keep going for myself, I can keep going for other people,” she said.
Former James Bond actor Sean Connery dies aged 90 – British media – National Post
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But Connery’s influence helped shape the character in the books as well as the films. He never attempted to disguise his Scottish accent, leading Fleming to give Bond Scottish heritage in the books that were released after Connery’s debut.
Born Thomas Connery on Aug. 25, 1930, he was the elder of two sons of a long-distance truck driver and a mother who worked as a cleaner. He dropped out of school at age 13 and worked in a variety of menial jobs. At 16, two years after World War Two ended, Connery was drafted into the Royal Navy, and served three years.
“I grew up with no notion of a career, much less acting,” he once said. “I certainly never have plotted it out. It was all happenstance, really.”
Connery played small parts with theater repertory companies before graduating to films and television.
It was his part in a 1959 Disney leprechaun movie, “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” that helped land the role of Bond. Broccoli, a producer of the Bond films, asked his wife to watch Connery in the Disney movie while he was searching for the right leading actor.
Dana Broccoli said her husband told her he was not sure Connery had sex appeal.
“I saw that face and the way he moved and talked and I said: ‘Cubby, he’s fabulous!’” she said. “He was just perfect, he had star material right there.”
Connery married actress Diane Cilento in 1962. Before divorcing 11 years later, they had a son, Jason, who became an actor. He married French artist Micheline Roquebrune, whom he met playing golf, in 1975. (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill in London and Will Dunham and Sonya Hepinstall in Washington Editing by Bill Trott, Andrew Heavens and Frances Kerry)
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