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'Koo' App: Govt Response To Twitter, Ministers Joining In

BP World Bureau | Feb 11 2021 10:33:56 AM
Image credits: Twitter

NEW DELHI: Koo is an Indian-made version of Twitter that includes Indian languages. Several ministers have joined the platform.

Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s first response to Twitter regarding the suspension of accounts and defending free speech. was on Koo.

Ministers, ministries, and others started to use Koo after Twitter came under fire for not complying with government directives by not suspending those accounts that are spreading misinformation regarding farmers' protests. 

Started 10 months ago, Koo has verified handles of;

  1. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY)
  2. MyGov, Digital India
  3. India Post, National Informatics Centre (NIC)
  4. National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT)
  5. Common Services Center
  6. UMANG app
  7. Digi Locker
  8. National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) 
  9. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). 

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ashwath Narayan, Tejasvi Surya, etc have joined Koo.

Actress Kangana Ranaut, known for her right-wing views and support for the Modi government, also joined Koo. 

Former TaxiForSure founder Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka founded Koo. It won Atmanirbhar App Challenge by the Indian government after it was brought up following the ban of several Chinese apps. 

Google named Koo as PlayStore’s Best Daily Essential App for 2020.

Just Twitter, Koo is available on iOS and Android, it has a website. The word limit is 280 characters. 

Twitter has faced several controversies in India. A couple of years ago, founder Jack Dorsey was under fire for holding a poster that said 'smash Brahmanical patriarchy', along with a few feminists and anti-caste activists.

The right-wing section called it "insulting to Hindus" and questioned how feminism is only limited to Hinduism and not other religions.

anti-caste activists said that it was in support of Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi women who are oppressed by both patriarchy and the caste system. 

The right-wing section condemned Twitter for deleting President Donald Trump's account following the Capitol violence.