Many of the ministers have made a big move in shifting to purely Indian social media platform, “Koo”. Even as a settlement has yet to be found between the Indian Government and Twitter on tweets allegedly supporting genocide, multiple ministers tweeted Tuesday that they were switching to the “made in India” microblogging website, Koo.
Minister of Railways, Trade and Industry Piyush Goyal tweeted, “I’m on Koo now. Link me to this Indian micro-blogging site for real-time, entertaining and exclusive updates. Let us share our opinions and ideas about Koo.”
Even Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted that he was going to Koo.
After these tweets, Koo App” was the top Twitter trend in India.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Press Information Bureau and MyGov also have app accounts.
Koo was established in July 2020 by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka. Earlier, Radhakrishna established TaxiForSure, which was later bought by Ola.
Koo, which operates on lines similar to Twitter, was born with an emphasis on regional language, unlike Twitter and Facebook, which are very common, but only cater to an English-speaking audience. It is available in 13 languages of India.
In August last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi listed and lauded Koo as one of the ‘Made-in-India’ apps in his Mann Ki Baat speech.
Koo’s owners already have another regional language website, Vokal. Last week, Koo raised $4.1 million in Series A financing from established investors Accel, Kalaari Capital, Blume Ventures and Dream Incubator, and 3one4 Capital, a new investor.
The company won the government’s Aatmanirbhar App Challenge and was named Google Play Store’s Best Everyday Critical App for 2020.