Koo founder seeks not to make the same mistakes as Twitter

In an exclusive interview with MoneyControl, Aprameya Radhakrishna, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Koo said that his new micro-blogging app, which is an Indian-made alternative for Twitter, will be promoting freedom of speech but will be aimed at respecting the country’s laws.

Twitter has been stuck in a volatile situation with the Indian authorities, who has been trying to get the micro-blogging site to take down more than 1,100 accounts and posts that the government argues are spreading misinformation about the farmers’ protests.

The Government has claimed that these accounts are backed by Pakistan or are operated by supporters of the Sikh-separatist Khalistani Movement.

Twitter, today said that it would not be completely following the Government’s orders since it believes that the Government order is not consistent with the Indian law.

Talking to MoneyControl, Radhakrishna said that “We are built for freedom of speech. Our primary goal is to make sure that everybody who is in India has the right to express themselves.”

“While that happens of course there will be exceptions like a threat to life. Like one person inciting violence or threatening to take his own life. So being a company registered in India, we will abide by the law of the land,” he added.

When asked if he seeks to replace Twitter one day, Radhakrishna said that Koo seeks to be a national platform that isn’t focusing on international segments stating, “if you want to connect with the international community that’s not what we are focusing on today. We want to go deeper in India. We will solve that first and when we solve that then we will go to other locations across the world.”

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