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article imageAustralia's PM denies buying Facebook 'likes'

By Owen Weldon     Nov 25, 2014 in Odd News
The Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, says that his increased Facebook popularity in India is due to his appearance with India's leader, Narendra Modi.
Abbott denied claims that he purchased Facebook likes after it came to light that his biggest supporters are 18-34 and from New Dehli, according to Telegraph.
Modi, India's Prime Minister, recently visited Australia and Abbott said that is what caused the sudden surge in "likes" from the region.
Bondi Hipsters, a comedy pair from Sydney, brought attention to the surge after they accused Abbott of buying his popularity.
Bondi Hipsters said in a Facebook post "Hey Tony brah... Have you been buying Facebook likes?... Either that or you're really popular with 18-34 year olds from New Delhi."
A spokesperson for Abbott said that visits from world leaders attract large international audiences, hence the reason behind the spike in organic engagement on Abbott's page.
According to The Age, Modi has more than 25 million likes on Facebook, as well as more than 7 million followers on Twitter. Modi posted a photos of himself with Abbott on his Facebook page, and it received more than 700,000 likes and was shared more than 11,000 times.
Modi is popular with India's youth, and some have dubbed him as the "rock star Prime Minister."
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