Twitter Ban: President Buhari Becomes Special Ambassador For Indian App, Koo




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Following the suspension of microblogging platform, Twitter, President Muhammadu Buhari has been made a special ambassador to popular Indian social media app, Koo.

Koo, which is similar to Twitter, gained popularity in the Nigerian social media space in June following the ban of Twitter by Nigerian government.

Recall that Twitter removed a controversial tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish ‘trouble makers’ in the -East region of the country, a day later, two days later, Information minister announced the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.

Koo’s popularity subsequently surged as government officials and pro-government handles stopped tweeting and migrated to Koo.

Top government functionaries, presidential aides, agencies, and pro-government individuals also took to Koo.

The stated that all social media platforms operating in Nigeria must be registered as a business entity locally henceforth. The same condition laid down as one of the preconditions for the lifting of the ban Twitter.

Within days of the Twitter ban, Koo available Apple and Google’s app stores and job openings had been posted on LinkedIn searching for local language speakers.

The home page of Koo shows an advertorial of Buhari as the face of the app in Nigeria and has triggered reactions.

A Organisation, Center for Democracy and Development, CDD wrote;

“Its a shame the #TwitterBan has persisted till now, despite the disaster it has proven to be for youths who depend on #twitter for their livelihoods.

For obvious reasons, we find this ad by #koo, another microblogging platform, both immoral and distasteful.

KeepitOn”.

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