Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday tweeted about becoming a member of homegrown Twitter various Koo. The new growth comes within the midst of a tussle between the federal government and Twitter over content material censorship in the course of the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. Launched in March final yr, Koo is a Twitter-like microblogging expertise in Indian languages. The app gained the federal government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat (independent) app problem final yr – which was meant to encourage native app growth. Similar to Twitter, Koo permits customers to comply with people. It additionally permits customers to put in writing messages in textual content or report and share them in audio or video codecs.
“I am now on Koo,” tweeted Cabinet Minister Piyush Goyal, who holds the cost of Commerce and Industry, Railways, Consumer Affairs, and Food and Public Distribution. “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.”
Apart from Goyal, Koo has different politicians on board together with the Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. It additionally has the accounts of assorted authorities ministries and departments, such because the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), India Post, MyGovIndia, Digital India, and National Informatics Centre (NIC), amongst others.
Koo was amongst the 4 apps that have been known as out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout his radio programme Mann Ki Baat (Inner Thoughts). Several followers of the Prime Minister — together with those who’ve been adopted by him on Twitter — have additionally joined to app not too long ago.
However, this may very well be altering now — the minister’s tweet comes days after the federal government reportedly warned Twitter a few penal action for non-compliance of its order concerning the elimination of sure content material and accounts associated to farmers’ protest. There are some customers who’ve been arguing for the necessity for an Indian various to Twitter and saying that the PM and his followers ought to go away the platform.
The authorities additionally reportedly advised Twitter platform to remove over 1,000 accounts that’s mentioned have been spreading misinformation and provocative content material on the months lengthy agitation.
This scenario appears to have helped Koo to achieve some reputation amongst Indian customers. The app is available for each Android and iOS customers in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. It lets customers write messages in as much as 400 characters which are known as “Koo”. In addition to textual content messages, the Koo app additionally supplies the power to share hyperlinks in addition to report and share audio and video messages.
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