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Nigerian government joins Indian social media app, Koo after banning Twitter

Less than a week after banning American microblogging site Twitter indefinitely, the Nigerian government has joined its India-made rival Koo.

Shortly after the ban, Koo had announced that it was available in Nigeria and was working to add local languages on its platform.

Recall the government had alleged that the microblogging site was being used to undermine “Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

From TheNewsGuru’s (TNG) findings, the new account opened by the Nigerian government on Koo account carries “@nigeriagov” as an handle and “Government of Nigeria” as its user name and it has garnered over 10,000 followers as at when this report was filed.

Aprameya Radhakrishna, Koo founder and CEO, officially confirmed on Saturday that the platform is now available in Nigeria.

Radhakrishna said his team was working on adding Nigeria’s local languages for Koo users in the country.

“Koo is now available in Nigeria. We are thinking of enabling the local language there as well. He further added that they are considering introducing a local Nigerian language into the Koo app,” Radhakrishna said.

“Nigeria is similar to India in terms of language diversity. It has hundreds of regional languages. Koo has a global outlook and will enable micro-blogging in countries that need it the most. We have built a scalable platform, and while we are still enhancing the product, it’s already available for use in multiple countries today.”

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