India Has Its Own Alternative to Twitter. It’s Filled With Hate

Koo app was launched last year by Aprameya Radhakrishna who co-founded the cab-hailing app TaxiForSure in 2011 and had sold it to Ola in 2015. — Image: Reuters

More troublingly, on Koo, Hindu supremacism runs wild, and hate speech against Muslims, India’s largest minority, flows freely, driven by some of the government’s most hardcore supporters.

Pranav Dixit | BuzzFeed News

NEW DELHI — In early February, politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party started signing up for a social network that almost nobody had heard of.

“I am now on Koo,” India’s commerce minister posted on Twitter to his nearly 10 million followers. “Connect with me on this Indian micro-blogging platform for real-time, exciting and exclusive updates.” Millions of people, most of them BJP supporters, followed, and the Twitter clone became an instant hit, installed by more than 2 million people over 10 days earlier this month, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower.


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