Monday, June 21, 2021

Nigerian Govt Sets Up Official Account On Koo Days After Banning Twitter

Social media app Koo on Thursday said the Government of Nigeria has set up an official account on the Indian microblogging platform, which is looking at making deeper inroads into the African nation.

Recall that the federal government had banned Twitter operation in Nigeria  after the microblogging platform deleted President Buhari’s post on its platform for allegedly violating its policy.

Interestingly, he also shared the information on Twitter, saying, “A very warm welcome to the official handle of the Government of Nigeria on @kooindia ! Spreading wings beyond India now.”

Following this, Koo had said the platform is available in Nigeria, and that it is keen on adding new local languages for users in that country.

“Now that there is an opportunity for microblogging platforms in Nigeria… Koo is looking at introducing local Nigerian languages in the app,” Radhakrishna had told PTI in an interview.

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He had noted that the platform is keen on making inroads in the Nigerian market, and Koo will abide by the local laws of each country that it operates in.

Founded by Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka, Koo was launched last year to allow users to express themselves and engage on the platform in Indian languages. It supports multiple languages, including Hindi, Telugu, and Bengali, among others.

The indigenous platform has over 60 lakh users and had recently raised $30 million (about Rs 218 crore)in a funding round led by Tiger Global.

Koo’s popularity in India peaked amid the Indian government’s spat with Twitter and growing calls for expanding the ecosystem of homegrown digital platforms.


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