The Indian Government and Twitter, a social media platform, are under a little disagreement because after the farm bill was passed, the protests in India turned violent and several Twitter accounts were witnessed spreading false information.
The government requested Twitter to remove around one thousand accounts which were spreading false information. Twitter denied the government’s request and then came an India-made, an outcome of AatmNirbhar Bharat initiative, “Koo” app.
What is Koo?
Koo is an Indian platform, very similar to Twitter, developed by Mayank Bidwatka and Aprameya Radhakrishna, co-founder and CEO of the same.
The Indian social media platform was the winner of AatmNirbhar Bharat App Challenge 2020. The app came into spotlight after Twitter refused the government’s order to remove accounts and take down some content.
The microblogging service platform is designed specially for Indians because only 10% of Indians speak English. The other part of India, who does not speak English, speaks the other hundred languages of the country. Getting access to Smartphones and Internet has helped so many Indians build confidence and sharing their thoughts in their own language will help them stay in contact with some of the sharpest Indian minds.
History Of The Inventors Of The App
The online cab booking service TaxiForSure was founded by Radhakrishna but was later sold to Ola Cabs. The parent company of Koo, Bombinate Technologies Private Limited, launched Vokal, the Indian version of Quora.
The company raised series A funding from investors like Blume Ventures, Kalaari Capital and Accel Partners India in 2018. Participation from Mohandas Pai’s 3one4 was noticed in Bombinate Technology’s latest round of funding earlier this month.
How Did Koo Manage To Come Back Into Spotlight?
The Union Minister, Piyush Goyal, tweeted about joining the micro blogging platform, which is a result of AtamNirbhar Bharat, came back into spotlight following the ongoing disagreement where Twitter refused to remove the accounts. Twitter said that it does not take any actions against accounts of media entities, journalists, politicians and activists.
Several other senior politicians including Ravi Shankar Prasad minister of Electronics and IT, BS Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka, various Government departments and Ministries like Ministry of Electronics and IT, Central Board of Indirect Taxes, Information Technology, National Institute of Electronics, MyGovIndia, India Post, Digital India, National Informatics Center were also witnessed using Koo, giving the platform a head start to become on of India’s most successful platform.
Where Is The Koo Platform Available?
The Made-In-India app, who has recently gained momentum, is available on both iOS and Android smartphones. To download the application the user has to search through Google Play Store or the App Store and tab on “install”.
After the application is installed, you have to open the app and select the “Preferred Language”. The application will ask for your mobile number to verify it through an OTP. The next step includes the user’s choice to add a profile picture or skip the process and the app is ready to use.