Made in India 'Koo' officially launched in Nigeria after Twitter gets indefinitely suspended
Made in India 'Koo' officially launched in Nigeria after Twitter gets indefinitely suspended

Koo, the 'Made in India' Twitter rival, has been officially launched in Nigeria after the latter was indefinitely suspended in the west African country.

In a post on Koo on Saturday, its CEO and co-founder, Aprameya Radhakrishna, officially confirmed that the platform is now available in Nigeria. He added that they are keen on adding new local languages for users in the country. "We're thinking of enabling the local languages there too. What say?" Radhakrishna said.

Speaking to PTI, Radhakrishna said: "Now that there is an opportunity for microblogging platforms in Nigeria...Koo is looking at introducing local Nigerian languages in the app."

Radhakrishna had earlier said that Koo has a global outlook and is already available for use in multiple countries. "Nigeria is similar to India in terms of language diversity. It has hundreds of regional languages. Koo has a global outlook and will enable micro-blogging in countries that need it the most. We have built a scalable platform, and while we are still enhancing the product, it’s already available for use in multiple countries today," he had said.

He added that Koo will abide by the local laws of each country that it operates in.

Koo, founded by Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka, was launched last year to allow users to express themselves and engage on the platform in Indian languages. It supports multiple languages including Hindi, Telugu and Bengali, among others.

Why is Twitter indefinitely suspended in Nigeria?

The Nigerian government on Friday said it was suspending Twitter indefinitely, a day after the company removed a contentious tweet that President Muhammadu Buhari made about a secessionist movement.

The country's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government made the move because of "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence".

(With PTI inputs)

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