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  • Nigerian Govt creates its account on Indian microblogging platform ‘Koo’

    Published on June 13, 2021

    The Nigerian Government created its account on Indian microblogging platform Koo, days after the African country banned Twitter.

    Koo co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna welcomed the government onboard the platform.

    He said on Thursday that, a very warm welcome to the official handle of the Government of Nigeria on @kooindia.

    Nigeria on June 5 banned Twitter after the social media company d President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet threatening to punish secessionists.

    He referred to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.

    The Nigerian government has said Twitter was allegedly being used to undermine “Nigeria’s corporate existence” and to spread “fake news”.

    The opposition in the country has criticised the ban.

    The Indian alternative to Twitter, Koo, took up the opportunity and announced its plans to expand into the African country.

    kooindia is available in Nigeria.

    Radhakrishna said on Twitter on Saturday that, they are thinking of enabling the local languages there too.

    In India, many Union ministers have joined Koo amid a standoff between Twitter and the government over the new rules for the social media companies and taking down of posts.

    Koo was among the first social media firms to announce compliance with the new rules.

    Twitter has also assured the government that it is committed to complying with the new guidelines and sought a week’s time to implement most of the changes required, such as hiring a compliance officer