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Amid govt vs Twitter row, A-listers go Koo – Times of India

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BENGALURU: As the federal government’s battle intensifies with Twitter, Koo — a locallanguage-based mostly microblogging platform, is gaining traction as an “Indian alternative”. Over the previous few days, there was a rush to hitch the brand new platform with some of the highest ministers and authorities departments too logging in.
Koo has seen over 1 lakh day by day downloads within the final 48 hours and has now expanded its person base to round 3 million, or 30 lakh. It continued to see an unprecedented spike of 10-20x progress in new customers, in comparison with a standard day, following Twitter’s refusal to take away sure Indian accounts and posts, in response to Koo co-founder and CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna.

In truth, the frenzy even resulted within the platform slowing down. “Due to unprecedented demand, our servers are not able handle all the load, and we are working 24/7 to add more servers. Our priority is to use India-based servers only,” it stated on Twitter. Radhakrishna instructed TOI he’s beefing up Koo’s infrastructure and tripling its engineering workforce to have the ability to host extra high-notch names, together with the likes of PM Narendra Modi, if he joins.
While it noticed scores of new installs, customers additionally cited its search perform was appearing up after they tried discovering distinguished names. “There was a small thing that we had to fix to make the search faster. We are releasing it (later in the day) and our quality assurance team is testing it,” he stated.
Koo was began as a brand new challenge by Radhakrishna in March 2020 and, previous to that, he largely centered on his Quora-like platform named Vokal, which has about 25 million month-to-month energetic customers. On Koo’s parallel being drawn to Parler — the favored US app identified for its big base of former US President Donald Trump supporters — Radhakrishna stated, “It’s not as crazy as Parler.”
“It’s the mood of the nation. All of you guys are talking about it and our microblogging platform will showcase what’s the mood of the nation. It won’t be able to show something else but what people are talking about,” Radhakrishna added. According to him, the platform stays open to customers of every kind of political ideology, as he cited politicians like D K Shivakumar of Congress and H D Kumaraswamy of JD(S) being on board already.
The 10-month outdated platform, he stated, will guarantee ‘freedom of expression’ except it results in ‘harm of life’. This has been a contentious situation within the rift between Twitter and the federal government right here. “If it’s to incite mob violence that will harm human lives, we will definitely have to take some kind of action. If it’s just somebody’s opinion, we don’t have a problem with that.”
All of this comes when simply final week, Koo raised little over $4 million from early stage enterprise capital agency 3one4 Capital, Accel Partners and Blume Venture, amongst others. The firm is now seeking to elevate extra capital to ramp up its operations to leverage the present surge.

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