Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
The homegrown Made in India initiative ‘Koo app’ is all geared up to give tough competition to the US-based microblogging site Twitter.
The new microblogging platform supports multiple Indian languages and offers most of the features available on Twitter.
Koo app is also slowly becoming the new tool of conversation as several Union Ministers, MP, MLA’s are also making their accounts on the app as an alternative for Twitter.
The Centre’s immediate interest in the Koo app has come when Twitter failed to respond to a government’s notice which was sent last week. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) asked Twitter to block around 257 tweets and accounts that were tweeting about fake accounts like ‘farmer Genocide’.
However, the microblogging site has, so far, not responded to the notice. The MeitY on February 4, asked Twitter to remove 1000 accounts flagged by national Security agencies as those belonging to Pakistan or Khalistan sympathizers.
But Twitter did not respond to it Twitter India’s policy Head Mahima Kaul tendered her resignation. As a result, media reports surfaced government is pressurizing Twitter to respond to its directives.
As of now Netizens, ministers and celebrities have started signing up for Koo App and have shared mixed reactions.
Check out the reactions of Netizens and ministers.
Ko App was launched in March 2020. Last year in August, the app won Prime Minister’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, since then the app has garnered over a million subscribers.