Reasons why Koo benefits most from Twitter-government fight

May 31 2021 09:09 AM
Reasons why Koo benefits most from Twitter-government fight

Amid the entire mess created by the new issued IT rules and social media platform some conclusions are made. A lot fuss is going on between microblogging platform Twitter and the government of India over the recent raid by Delhi Police after issuing a notice to Twitter. There’s one homegrown company called Koo which is a Twitter clone that has got the maximum benefits.

The new IT rules have termed the microblogging platform to disclose each and every activity of user to which application makers disagree. The disagreement among the Twitter and government lead to more of engagement in Koo app downloads which is said about five times in the last three days. Koo has seen a strong surge in user base over the past few months amid clarion calls for expanding the ecosystem of homegrown digital platforms. Aprameya Radhakrishna, co-founder of Koo made a statement "Our intent is to ensure every user has a safe experience on Koo. We have processes to get back on any complaints that users have and were able to identify people who were confident of delivering on the promise of safety and a great environment to the users," to PTI. The homegrown platform has raised $30 million (about Rs 218 crore) in a funding round led by Tiger Global. Koo was founded by serial entrepreneurs Aprameya Radhakrishna, founder of TaxiForSure and Mayank Bidawatka who previously founded companies like MediaAnt and Goodbox. It has close to 60 lakh users, making it a major social media intermediary under the new guidelines.

On May 24, the Delhi Police visited the Twitter India offices seeking an explanation on what grounds it tagged BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra`s tweet on the alleged Congress toolkit designed to target the Central government as `manipulated media’. After which a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement, “Concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and potential threat to freedom of expression for people we serve. We have concerns with regards to intimidation police`s tactics in response to enforcement of global Terms of Service and core elements of the new IT Rules.”

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