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Koo Seeks Expansion in Nigeria, While Twitter is Indefinitely Suspended

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Koo, an Indian microblogging platform, announced that it is now available in Nigeria and that it plans to add more local languages for Nigerian users. Aprameya Radhakrishna, the platform's CEO and co-founder, announced the platform's availability in Nigeria in a post on Koo.

He went on to say that they are eager to add more regional languages for people in the country. "We are considering supporting local languages as well. So, what do you think?" Radhakrishna expressed his thoughts.

He also stated that Koo will follow the laws in any country in which it operates.

On the other hand, soon after its launch, the Nigerian government stated that Koo's rival Twitter would be suspended indefinitely in the country.

Despite the Federal Government's prohibition on Twitter's operations in Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Nigeria, has ordered the immediate prosecution of Nigerians who continue to use the microblogging network.

The Nigerian government said that Twitter would be suspended indefinitely, a day after the company removed a contentious tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari regarding a separatist movement.

Radhakrishna had previously stated, "In terms of language diversity, Nigeria is similar to India. Hundreds of regional languages can be found there. Koo has a global perspective and will enable microblogging in the most underserved countries. We have created a scalable platform that, while we are continually improving it, is already in use in a number of countries”.

The government took the action, according to the country's Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, seeing as "the persistent use of the platform for actions that are potential of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence”.

Twitter has been on a month-long onslaught against the Indian government as well. The Centre had urged Twitter to block posts that support farmers protesting near Delhi's borders or are critical of the country's Covid reaction in recent months. Twitter did not always follow through on these demands and ended up causing friction between the two parties. The social media behemoth has yet to comply with India's new IT laws for digital media intermediaries, which it believes could compromise its users' freedom of speech and privacy.

Koo has gained traction amid the tensions between Twitter and the Indian government, with some ministers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backing it.

Radhakrishna had previously stated, "In terms of language diversity, Nigeria is similar to India. Hundreds of regional languages can be found there. Koo has a global perspective and will enable microblogging in the most underserved countries. We have created a scalable platform that, while we are continually improving it, is already in use in a number of countries”.

Koo, which debuted in March 2020, is a vernacular microblogging site with features that are extremely similar to Twitter. Its user interface is available in Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bangla, and Gujarati, among other Indian languages. Apart from Telugu, the Twitter interface is also available in these languages.

Koo was also the first major social media intermediary to proclaim that it was complying with the new IT rules and claims to have six million users.

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