Disagreement with Twitter, India’s government has begun to move its messaging to rival Koo


While the United States corporation comes under scrutiny for non-compliance with India’s rules, Twitter is rapidly losing its luster as a preferred messaging tool for many Indian government departments and ministers eager to promote home-grown rival, Koo.
India’s new IT minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, is the most high-profile example. He started a new Koo account after taking office this month. He shortly after launched a study of social media corporations’ compliance with stringent new laws – information that he did not share with his 258,000 Twitter followers.
“The goal is to develop a Twitter alternative,” said one government media relations official, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to comment on the subject.
According to a senior member of the party’s IT department, other politicians and members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are irritated by what they regard as a defiant Twitter.
The US corporation first enraged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist government in February when it refused to completely comply with an order to take down accounts and postings suspected of spreading misinformation about farmers’ demonstrations, which have been the government’s main source of discontent.


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