After Nigeria banned Twitter, Indian app Koo eyeing expansion


After Twitter banned in Nigeria over the weekend, Indian platform Koo announced that it will expand operations in the African nation.


On Saturday, Radhakrishna tweeted that the platform is available in Nigeria and that the company is thinking of introducing the platform in additional local languages apart from English.


On Friday, Nigerian telecom operators suspended Twitter services after the platform deleted a remark where the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari referred to the country’s past civil war in a warning about recent unrest. President’s tweets made a reference to the country’s 30-month civil war in 1967-1970, warning “those who wanted the government to fail” to desist from fomenting trouble.


However, on Sunday Buhari said a state-wide ban on Twitter which prompted international condemnation over the weekend was only a temporary measure in response to misinformation. Twitter has over 39 Mn users in Nigeria. International human rights groups and diplomatic missions of the EU, US, UK and Canada have issued statements condemning the suspension.


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