Lucknow: Amid increasing tension between US-based micro-blogging site, Twitter and Indian government, another Made in India app ‘Koo’ takes over the internet with over 3 million active users.
The multilingual platform, Koo, was launched in 2020 to help Indians connect across a number of Indian languages. Since then, this Made in India social network platform has seen a massive surge in the number of users in the last few weeks amid a spat between the Centre and Twitter. “We had two million users with about 1.5 million active users. Now, we have now crossed 3 million-mark,” Koo co-founder Mayank Bidawataka was quoted saying as per reports.
Highlight the increasing popularity of the platform on its rival website, Twitter, koo’s co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna, “Our systems are facing more load than ever. Thank you for placing your trust in us. Our team is working on overdrive to fix it,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, the central government on Wednesday censured Twitter after the San Francisco headquartered messaging giant refused to fully comply with a government order to ban more than 1,100 accounts and posts that were allegedly spreading “misinformation” about the farmers’ protests against the three agriculture laws. Twitter, however, didn’t block all of the content as it believed the directives were not in line with Indian laws, as per Twitter officials.
Furthermore, Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Thursday, attacked Twitter in the Rajya Sabha saying, “Please don’t spread enmity, violence and misinformation. Please follow the Constitution of India and the law of the land (otherwise we will be very strict),” he said while replying to a question in the house.
List of political leaders and celebrities, who have switched to Koo includes Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, minister of railways, commerce and industry Piyush Goyal.
Announcing his move, Goyal tweeted, “I am now on Koo. Connect with me on this Indian micro-blogging platform for real-time, exciting and exclusive updates. Let us exchange our thoughts and ideas on Koo,” read Goyal’s Tuesday tweet.
While, Kangana’s announcement on the shift to Koo on Twitter, read, “Your time is up @Twittertime to shift to #kooapp will inform everyone soon about my account details there. Absolutely thrilled to experience home grown #kooapp” she tweeted on Wednesday.
Ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY), MyGov, Digital India, India Post, National Informatics Centre (NIC), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Common Services Centre, UMANG app, Digi Locker, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) are among several others who have all opened accounts on Koo, as per reports.
Interestingly, Koo and Twitter both have striking similarities. Just like the logo of Twitter, ‘Larry’, the blue bird, Koo also has a yellow mascot bird with a similar user interface.