Koo, an Indian alternative to Twitter, has become a topic in the town because it promotes Aatmanirbhar Bharat by providing an experience similar to Twitter, but in the Indian language. It can be used as an application on iOS and Android, and it also has a web page. Koo is the winner of the 2020 Government Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Challenge. Although it has largely ceased to receive attention since then, the app has gained popularity again after Twitter refused to delete certain content that the government had ordered to delete. This delisting is an ongoing issue, but at the same time, government agencies such as MeitY and senior politicians such as Union Minister Piyush Goyal have been tweeting about Koo and its account on the platform.
What is Mr. Gu?
Like Twitter, Koo is a Weibo service where users can express their opinions. It was developed by co-founder and CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna. Koo was launched in March last year and won the “Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge”, which found the best Indian apps that have the potential to become world-class apps. According to the “About” section on the Koo website, the idea behind the app is to allow Indian users to share their opinions in the local language.
“Only 10% of India speaks English. Nearly 1 billion people in India do not understand English. Instead, they speak one of India’s more than 100 languages. They can now use their smartphones and want to use their language. Go online.” It continued: “Koo tried to make the voices of these Indians heard. Now they can listen to some of India’s sharpest thinkers in their native language and express their thoughts through shared thoughts.”
The Koo app is free to use on Android and iOS, and there is also a website where you can view the feed.
Why is Koo news?
After Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted about joining his Weibo platform, Koo became the focus of attention again. This is a time when disagreements continue between the Indian government and Twitter. According to reports, the government told Twitter to delete more than 1,000 accounts, saying that these accounts spread misinformation and provocative content about the protests. Twitter disagrees with this statement and said it will not take any action on accounts related to media entities, journalists, activists and politicians.
Not just Goyal, but other senior politicians who use Koo, including Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. Various government ministries and departments, such as the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), the Central Committee of Indirect Taxation (CBIC), the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), India Post, MyGovIndia, Digital India and the National Information Center (NIC) are also On the platform.
How to download Koo?
Koo is a free application available on Android and iOS. Alternatively, users can go to Google Play and search for “Koo”. The name of the app on Google Play is “Koo: Connect with Indians”. On the App Store where Bombinate Technologies Private Limited is the provider, it is simply named “Koo”.
You can visit the website and click the download option of Google Play or App Store to redirect it to the download link.
What is the function of Koo?
Koo has very similar functions to Twitter. It allows users to follow individuals and browse feeds. Users can write messages in text or share messages in audio or video format. It has Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Tamil and English language options, and other options are coming soon. It also allows people to express their opinions in local languages.
The message can be written as 400 characters and is called “Koo”. Some language communities display essentially all content in a specific language.
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