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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Koo, Indian Version Of Twitter App

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Koo app: There has been a lot of buzz about an Atmanirbhar application named Koo. Some have also called it the Indian rival of Twitter and that it can replace the micro-blogging in the country.

This is happening in the backdrop of recent events involving the centre and Twitter India. Responding to the central government’s demand to block and restrict 1,178 accounts, Twitter India has released a blog in which the micro-blogging site defends its decision to not comply with the government’s order. 

Twitter restricted some of the accounts in India but the accounts are visible outside of the country. The social-networking site has said that restricting those accounts is against India’s law. It also said that some of the accounts belong to media houses, journalists, activists and politicians and restricting those will hamper with their right to freedom of speech. The government has said that if Twitter doesn’t comply with the order, the heads of the platform can face “penal action” which includes jail term in addition to a financial penalty. 

The government officials on Twitter are also sharing about an Indian micro-blogging app named Koo.

Here’s everything you need to know about Koo app:  

  • The App was launched in March 2020 by the co-founders of a Bangalore-based startup firm, Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidwatka. 
  • The app founders participated in the centre’s Aatmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge and won along with other Indian apps such as Chingari and Zoho. 
  • The Koo app positions itself an Indian app where people can share their views in Indian languages. As per the latest numbers on Playstore, the app has been downloaded by more than 1 million users. 
  • The ratings have also skyrocketed lately as the app now enjoys the rating of  4.7 on Google Playstore. 
  • Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India is one of the many government officials promoting the application. Modi talked about the Koo app during his Mann Ki Baat radio program and encouraged people to use. 
  • So far, central government officials such as Law & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa and members of parliament Tejasvi Surya, Sobha Karandlaje have already made their accounts on the new app. 
  • Former Cricketers Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath and other celebrities have also joined the platform. Niti Ayog and India Post also have their accounts on the Koo App. 
  • Users can share texts, audio and video messages on the app. Its features are almost similar to Twitter.