Amid the Twitter “chaos”, Ko has to take charge, says Piyush Goyal

Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said India’s microblogging platform Koo, the microblogging platform, should take over Twitter at an event on Saturday.

“Every day when I see what’s going on with Twitter and the mess they are in, I’m so glad I’m one of the first to join Koo. And I think Koo should take over Twitter. This is the strength of India’s entrepreneurs and our companies,” Goyal said at the ET Startup Awards. And I have absolutely no doubt that these challenging times the world is facing today is an opportunity that India should not miss.”

Goyal’s remarks came close on the heels of Koo’s co-founder saying the company was interested in hiring people laid off by Elon Musk after he acquired Twitter. Twitter has either laid off employees or people have voluntarily withdrawn from the company in the recent past.

Koo co-founder Mayank Bidawatka tweeted: “So sad to see #RIPTwitter and #related posts this low. We will be hiring some of these former Twitter employees as we continue to expand and raise the next bigger round. They deserve work where their talent is recognized. It’s about people power, not oppression.”

The local Koo micro-blogging platform is all set to go global. Earlier this week, Koo co-founder and CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna confirmed that Koo will soon launch in the US.

Koo was launched in March 2020 and the platform said it has become the second largest multilingual micro-blogging platform available to the world.

Since taking over Twitter, billionaire Elon Musk has embarked on massive changes, firing staff and talking about charging $8 for “verified” operations.

On the other hand, Koo offers Aadhaar-based self-verification and a free yellow verification mark for VIPs.

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