Made-in-India app Koo is grabbing the opportunity in Nigeria and other countries where Twitter is under fire or banned. It is said that social media platforms are notoriously hard to dislodge because of their network effects. Still, when they commit harakiri, there’s always a chance for the startups waiting to intervene.
Made-in-India application Koo has stated that it is already available in Nigeria and is very keen on adding the local languages of the nation to its platform.
“@kooindia is already available in Nigeria. We’re now thinking of enabling the local languages there too. What say?” wrote the founder of the app Mr. Aprameya Radhakrishna.
He also shared a screenshot that listed down the local languages in Nigeria, including Hausa, Yoruba Fula, and others.
Mr. Aprameya Radhakrisha’s statement came after Twitter was “indefinitely suspended” in Nigeria after earning the wrath of the Nigerian government. Two days ago, Twitter took down a tweet of the Nigerian President and blocked his account for twelve hours.
The Nigerian government responded by indefinitely suspending Twitter in the country, saying that Twitter allowed activities that were “capable of undermining the country’s corporate existence.”
Since the social media app ban, telecommunications networks have been blocking Twitter in the country, though some Nigerians use VPNs to circumvent the ban.
Koo seems to be looking to fill this void on the same lines as it tried to do in India. There had been a mass withdrawal from Twitter to Koo in the country after the app let the hashtag “Modi wants farmer genocide” trend in India after the Red Fort brutality in which eighty policemen were injured.
Twitter then declined to take action against the accounts which had spread the call for violence. In contrast to other social media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, Twitter has also resolutely disapproved of designating a compliance officer in India refusing to comply with the Indian laws.
Today, the Indian government sent out a final notice to Twitter, saying it would remove its intermediary protection if it didn’t comply, making the platform immediately liable for all the content on its platform, resulting in opening it up for thousands of lawsuits.
There is also a debate whether Twitter would be banned in India, but Koo seems poised to step in if it does.
Koo already has many government agencies, politicians from the ruling party, Congress, AAP, several sportspersons, and actors. If it can take care of its tech problems, Koo’s website is down when writing this article, and other things fall in place, Koo is best placed to end up as a viable replacement to Twitter in India.
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