Apart from hosting controversies on its platform, Twitter has been facing controversies of its own. After outrage by celebrities over reduction of followers, lack of action on abusive profiles, the latest attack for the Jack Dorsey company was discontent from the Government. As a result, a homegrown alternative Koo is gaining prominence among the celebrities.
Union ministers like Piyush Goyal were among the first to give a shoutout to the ‘Atmanirbar’ social networking platform Koo. This was followed by many celebrities of the film industry like Anupam Kher.
In the latest, more names of the industry like singer-music composer Adnan Sami and actors Ranvir Shorey and Payal Ghosh have joined the platform. The trio shared the update on Twitter, along with their handle name and used terms like ‘hop on board.’
Previously, Anupam Kher had quipped ‘Let’s play Koo Koo’ as he posted his first Koo, which was his oft-used ‘Jai Ho.’
Kangana Ranaut, who had been expressing her displeasure at Twitter regularly, was among the other stars who stated that Twitter’s 'time was up', as she stated that she was going to join the platform soon.
In the latest, Union Minister for Electronics, IT, and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad hailed Koo in the Rajya Sabha on Thrusday.
"Koo is a made-in-India app that has become a toast for success today and we should be proud of it. It is a matter of pride for me that Indians are heading so many multi-technology companies. Let us salute the extraordinary courage of our start-ups," Prasad said during the Question Hour.
This was the Government had reacted sternly to Twitter’s refusal to act on the Centre’s order requesting deletion of tweets and hashtags related to terms like 'farmer genocide' and Khalistan sympathizers.
He added, "We have now flagged Twitter. Our department has engaged with the company. When there is violence in US Capitol Hill, social media platforms encourage police investigation but when Red Fort is breached, the same platforms go against the government of India."
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