Why India-made app, Koo is in the news?

Why made in India app, Koo is in the news?

Recently, Koo app has seen a surge in it’s downloads and also is the trending topic! It is Indian version of Twitter but with some enhancements.

Many ministers and ministries had join Koo app recently and they all are part of current government.. So why Indian ministers and ministries suddenly joined an alternative to twitter?

Answer can be tussle between Twitter and IT ministry over banning flagged 1178 accounts. Twitter kind of firstly refused to do so but now banning those accounting but with issuing a statement.

The increased demand of Koo app, may sideline the twitter app or decrease it’s demand in India in near future!

Let’s know about Koo app, reason behind it’s increasing demand and Twitter’s matter with IT ministry.

IT Ministry & Twitter’s Matter

So IT ministry on Feb 4, asked Twitter to ban 1178 twitter accounts which according to them are spreading “misinformation and provocative content” about Farmer’s protest. IT ministry said in a statement about accounts that, ”were flagged by security agencies as accounts of Khalistan sympathisers or backed by Pakistan, causing threat to public order by tweeting on ongoing farmers protests”.

Twitter then started blocking accounts flagged by IT ministry but it also cleared out that these accounts would only be blocked within India. Outside India, these accounts will still show.

Twitter also said, ”To do so, we believe, would violate their fundamental right to free expression under Indian law… We do not believe that the actions we have been directed to take are consistent with Indian law.”

Also, twitter asked for dialogue with IT minister but then IT ministry replied twitter on Koo app.

MeITY’s reply to twitter through Koo app.

Koo App

Koo app is an Indian Micro blogging website which launched 10 months ago. It won Aatmanirbhar App challenge last year. This app offer interface in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Odiya and Assamese.

The app was develop by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka. It ahs nearly 3 Million downloads and 1 million active users till now. Koo app is available on Play store and iOS app store.

Koo has some upgraded features than Twitter including 400 word limitation against twitter 280. There are also voice and video options on the app. It also offer 10 minute video upload feature.

Currently hashtags  β€˜modi shows the way’, β€˜arrest all instigators’, β€˜ban twitter’, and β€˜andolan jivi’. are trending on the app.

Why in so much demand?

Due to tussle between twitter and IT ministry, Koo has gained so much. It’s downloads has gone manifold in last 48 hours. As many ministers and public figures registered on the app, people also started following them. Due to this the downloads increased.

Which minister & ministries joined Koo ?

Many ministers & ministries recently joined Koo app. these include Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Former cricketer Anil Kumble and Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev joined it!

Ministries which joined Koo are Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology which actually replied twitter through this app. Soon after NITI Aayog and DCP, New Delhi also joined the App.

Here are tweets by Ministers and different bodies who joined Koo recently.

Piyush Goyal’s tweet about Koo app joining!
NITI Aayog tweeted about it’s presence on the app!
DC, Delhi’s tweet about Koo app

Conclusion!

As per the situation today, surely Koo app has gain so much from the tussle between twitter and IT ministry. Now twitter is trying hard to play safe and save its side. The sudden switch to app by public figures also helped a lot in making Koo, a trending topic.

Also, it’s good that our India-made app is gaining popularity but on the other hand it can give more control in government hand of our freedom of speech.

What’s your take on this? Tell us in the comments!

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