Less than a week after banning microblogging site Twitter indefinitely, the Nigerian government has opened an official account on Koo, an Indian microblogging platform.
The Koo account, with the handle, ‘@nigeriagov’ and username, ‘Government of Nigeria’, had over 13,000 followers as of press time.
Aprameya Radhakrishna, Koo founder and CEO, officially confirmed it on Saturday said its app is now available in Nigeria and was working to add local languages on its platform.
“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.”
Federal government suspended Twitter in the country as a result of the US-based social networking platform deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari for violating rules.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information had alleged that the microblogging site was being used to undermine “Nigeria’s corporate existence” through the spreading of fake news that has “violent consequences.”
The minister on 9th June, said the ban on Twitter in Nigeria does not stifle the citizens’ freedom of expression.