Saudi Arabia king overtakes Trump in retweet influence

Study discovers despite Trump's heavy output of tweets he is losing retweet attention

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Saudi Arabia king overtakes Trump in retweet influence US President Donald Trump walks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud during recent visit. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 4, 2017

US President Donald Trump is notoriously known for expressing his controversial views on Twitter but according to a new study his tweets are not receiving as much attention compared to other leaders.

‘Twiplomacy', a study by communications firm Burson-Martsteller, discovered that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud's original tweets earns more retweets than Trump.

In fact, the Saudi King has only tweeted 10 times, exclusively in Arabic, from April 2016 to now and each tweet has been retweeted more than 147,000 times on average. Despite Trump's frequent Twitter use, on average each of his tweets only earn 13,100 retweets.

The report analysed 856 official and personal Twitter accounts of world leaders in 178 countries. Other influential leaders include Pope Francis who is in lead with 33,716,301 followers over his nine accounts.

Trump's personal account grew by 5.7% each month from the beginning of the US election, and now has 31,405,779 followers.

In third place is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 30,058,659 followers.

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