Aprameya Radhakrishna, co-founder and CEO of Indian microblogging platform Koo, said on Saturday it was considering enabling Nigeria’s local languages on its platform as the app is available there.
The developments came after Nigeria indefinitely suspended Twitter activities on Friday after the social media platform deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The official Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria, stated through posts on Twitter that the federal government is suspending the operation of Twitter for an indefinite period of time.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension on Friday, citing continued use of the platform for activities likely to undermine Nigeria’s “corporate existence”.
Posts with the hashtag Nigeria were trending on Twitter on Saturday, garnering over a million tweets.
In a tweet on Saturday, Radhakrishna said: “Koo is available in Nigeria. We are thinking about activating the local languages there too. Say what?”
He also posted a screenshot of places like Rwanda, Philippines, Niger, Peru, and Paraguay where Koo was available alongside Nigeria, and another screenshot mentioning the languages spoken in Nigeria.
Twitter said on Saturday it was “deeply concerned” about the platform’s lockdown in Nigeria. “Access to free and open internet is an essential right in modern human society. We will work to restore access to anyone in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world, “the company said in a statement on its Public Policy account from the platform.
Late last month, following Twitter’s clash with the Indian government and Delhi Police, flagged by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), issued a rebuttal to the company on Koo, said Mayank Bidawatka, co-founder of Koo Die ET downloads of the app and engagement on the platform increased roughly five-fold in three days.
Bidawatka had said that many users are looking for alternative platforms to express their opinion considering how things are going with other platforms right now.
“Platforms have to act like enablers and are not allowed to judge the content from their own point of view. If users feel attacked by a platform because of their biased approach, it can be a breach of trust and a fundamental breakup, ”he said.