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Desi Twitter alternative, Koo, has MeitY and several other government bodies on its microblogging platform

Several government bodies, including MeitY, has found Koo as the desi Twitter alternative.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | February 8, 2021 | Updated 12:06 IST
Koo app is available on Android and iOS platforms
Koo app is available on Android and iOS platforms

Highlights

  • Koo was part of AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge last year.
  • It got the second prize in the social category.
  • PM Modi has also praised the Koo platform on Mann ki Baat address.

The homegrown micro-blogging website, Koo, which was also part of AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge last year is steadily getting the attention and may become the best Twitter alternative for several government-related bodies. According to a report, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and several other government departments are now part of Koo and have verified handles on the platform.

Some of the government ministries and departments that could be found on the desi micro-blogging website include handles of Ministry of Electronics and IT, MyGov, Digital India, India Post, NIC, NIELIT, SAMEER, Common Services Center, UMANG app, Digi Locker, NIXI, STPI, CDAC, and CMET among others. YourStory reported the development on Monday.

The report adds that Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Minister of India, has been part of the microblogging platform since August last year and has over 4.29 lakh followers on the platform. Additionally, Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandviya is also on Koo platform since August 2020 and has 2.34 Lakh followers.

For those unaware, Koo app has been praised by PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat last year and won the second prize in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge in the social category. Chingari, the TikTok-like desi app, won in the social category.

One of the Koo platform's biggest USPs is it supports regional languages. "Just 10% of India speaks English. Almost 1 billion people in India don't know English. Instead, they speak one of India's 100s of languages. They are now getting access to smartphones and would love an internet in their language. However, majority of the internet has been in English. Koo is an attempt to make the voice of these Indians heard. They can now participate on the internet in their mother tongue by listening to the views of some of the sharpest Indian minds and also speak their mind by sharing their thoughts," the about us page of the Koo website reads.

The steady search for Twitter-like platform comes when Twitter is in the middle of a controversy that started when it withheld about 250 accounts in India last week after a government order. However, the platform unblocked the accounts later that day.

MeitY last week filed a notice with Twitter to again block the accounts and gave orders to block more accounts. However, Twitter is yet to respond to the formal notice.

The Twitter controversy further tensed last week when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey liked tweets praising Rihanna for her stand on farmers' protest in India.

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