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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario on Nov. 29, 2016. Trudeau has become the first politician to host a Snapchat Live Story. (The Canadian Press via AP/Sean Kilpatrick)
Social media has changed the way we communicate, and world leaders are no exception.
Last weekend, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo posted the first video blog (vlog) on his social media accounts, informing the public that he was watching the 2017 President Cup soccer tournament at the Maguwoharjo stadium in Sleman, Yogyakarta.
Jokowi is not the only leader using social media to communicate with the public. News agency Antara has looked at five world leaders’ use of social media.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become the first politician to host a Snapchat Live Story. During his visit to Ontario last month, Trudeau hosted a question and answer session on Snapchat, allowing citizens to ask him various questions. The Prime Minister also uses Instagram to share his activities.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used social media for several activities, such as announcing new policies, disseminating press releases and responding to public complaints. Currently, you can connect to the prime minister through numerous platforms, namely Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel often uses Instagram to share her activities with images taken by an official photographer.
British royal family
Those who are curious about Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s activities may want to check the royal family’s Instagram account. This platform allows followers to take a closer look at the royal family’s routines, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Prince Harry visited Nottingham today, to see the progress made by the Full Effect mentoring programme and the Coach Core apprenticeship scheme since he visited the city in October last year. At Nottingham Academy The Prince joined a Full Effect kickboxing training session and a lyric writing group, and managed to meet plenty of the school's students!
US President Donald Trump is known as an avid Twitter user. On his account @realDonaldTrump, he frequently shares his controversial opinions. Since his inauguration, Trump is actively also tweeting through the President of the Unites States @POTUS account. The tweets are managed by the White House director of social media Dan Scavino Jr. His personal tweets usually end with his initials, DJT. (jes/kes)
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017