Koo, India’s Homegrown Micro-Blogging Platform, Keen on Expanding in Nigeria After Country Bans Twitter – LatestLY

Founded last year, the vernacular micro-blogging platform Koo that was developed in India is now available in Nigeria, Koo co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna said. Taking to Twitter, Radhakrishna said that Koo, a Twitter lookalike, is available in Nigeria, adding that the platform is keen on making inroads in the Nigerian market.

Abuja, June 5: Koo, India’s homegrown microblogging platform, is now eyeing opportunities in Nigeria after the country banned microblogging site Twitter indefinitely on Friday. Founded last year, the vernacular micro-blogging platform Koo that was developed in India is now available in Nigeria, Koo co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna said. Taking to Twitter, Radhakrishna said that Koo, a Twitter lookalike, is available in Nigeria, adding that the platform is keen on making inroads in the Nigerian market.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian government had expressed doubts about Twitter’s operations in the country, after it deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari. The President had made a reference to the country’s 30-month civil war in 1967-1970, warning “those who wanted the government to fail” to desist from fomenting trouble.

Koo has over 60 lakh users and had recently raised USD 30 million (about Rs 218 crore) in a funding round led by Tiger Global. 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.

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