The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) and some other government departments have switched to native micro-blogging site Koo after Twitter did not comply with the government’s directive to block some tweets and accounts. Koo was launched in July 2020, founded by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka. Radhakrishna had earlier founded TaxiForSure, which was later bought by Ola.
Goyal, who holds the Railways, the Commerce and Industry, and the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution portfolios in the central cabinet, also shared a link to his profile on ‘Koo’ to encourage his followers to get the latest updates there.
I am now on Koo.
Connect with me on this Indian micro-blogging platform for real-time, exciting and exclusive updates.
Let us exchange our thoughts and ideas on Koo.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 9, 2021
The app description reads, “Just 10% of India speaks English. Almost 1 billion people in India don’t know English. Instead, they speak one of India’s 100s of languages. They are now getting access to smartphones and would love the internet in their language. However, the majority of the internet has been in English. Koo is an attempt to make the voice of these Indians heard. They can now participate on the internet in their mother tongue by listening to the views of some of the sharpest Indian minds and also speak their mind by sharing their thoughts.”
The app was launched 10 months ago and won the Aatmanirbhar App Challenge organized by the Indian government itself under the Made-In-India initiative in August 2020.
Koo said it has so far verified handles of MeitY, MyGov, Digital India, India Post, National Informatics Centre (NIC), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Common Services Centre, UMANG app, Digi Locker, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), among others, on its platform.
The Koo app supports multiple Indian regional languages. At the time of writing this, Koo supports Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Oriya, and Assamese.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD KOO APP?
Koo is available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Users can download the Koo app on their iPhone and Android devices.