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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be the most liked world leader on social media with over 43 million Facebook followers.
3 May 2018 - 4:06 PM  UPDATED 3 May 2018 - 7:09 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most followed politician in the world on Facebook according to research conducted by public relations firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe.  

It also finds that 109 heads of state, 86 heads of government and 72 foreign ministers have personal pages on the world's largest social platform.

Facebook currently has around 2.2 billion active users in the world. 

According to the study Prime Minister Narendra Modi has more than 43.2 million page likes, almost half as many as US President Donald Trump who has 23.1 million page likes on his personal Facebook page.

A photo of Narendra Modi at the Lingaraj temple in Bhubhaneshwar has also became "the most popular photo shared by a world leader in 2017 with a total of 1.2 million interactions and 1.1 million likes"

The second most 'liked' leader in the world is US President Donald Trump with around 23 million followers.

In third place is Queen Rania of Jordan with around 16 million followers; on fourth position is Prime Minister, India (PMO India) page with a following of around 14 million. The fifth position is taken by Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Vikas Bhadauria, a journalist with ABP News in India, told SBS Hindi that "social media does not represent the whole society but despite that, when a leader's graph is continously rising, its reflection can be seen on social media".

Could Mr Modi's popularity on Facebook be taken as an actual measure of his popularity?

"There is no other leader in India as popular as him currently," says Mr Bhadauria, "that is true but social media has a world of its own that is also true and just because someone follows me does not mean that he is my blind follower he could be my opponent too".   

However, some on social media have pointed to former US President Barack Obama's Facebook page - which currently has over 53 million followers.