Koo co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna on Thursday welcomed the government of Nigeria onboard the platform. “A very warm welcome to the official handle of the Government of Nigeria on @kooindia! Spreading wings beyond India now,”.
Days after the African country banned Twitter, the Nigerian government on Thursday created its account on Indian microblogging platform Koo.
Nigeria on June 5 officialy banned Twitter after the social media company deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet threatening to punish secessionists. He referred to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.
In a statement the Nigerian government has said Twitter was allegedly being used to undermine “Nigeria’s corporate existence” and to spread “fake news”. On the other hand the opposition in the country has criticised the ban.
The Indian alternative to Twitter, Koo, took up the opportunity and announced its plans to expand its footprints into African country. “@kooindia is available in Nigeria. We’re thinking of enabling the local languages there too. What say?” Radhakrishna said on Twitter on Saturday.
In India, many Union ministers have joined Koo amid a standoff between Twitter and the government over the new rules for the social media companies and taking down of posts from platforms.
Koo was among the first social media firms to announce compliance with the new rules as per government guidelines.
Twitter India, has also assured the government that it is committed to meet with the new regulatry guidelines and sought a week’s time to implement most of the changes required, such as hiring a compliance officer.
Koo was founded by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka last year to allow Indian users to express themselves and engage on the platform in local languages. The platform supports multiple languages including Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Gujrati, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali, among others coming soon.
The indigenous platform had raised $30M (INR 218 crore) in funding round led by Tiger Global and has more than 60 lakh users.
Koo’s popularity in India peaked amid the on going spat between Indian government and Twitter and growing demand for expanding the ecosystem of homegrown digital platforms. After union ministers and government departments in India endorsed the homegrown microblogging platform, Koo has seen a massive growth in its user base over the past few months,