With the growing concern about the ‘neutrality’ of micro-blogging site Twitter, the ministry of electronic and technology (MeitY) and its affiliates are now switching to made in India alternative.
The move comes in response to the company’s non-compliance with the government’s order of removing Khalistani and anti-India accounts. The ministry is mulling at taking stringent action against the app.
In order to pressurise the company, the government is also planning to temporarily suspend the app from the country, it may also lodge an FIR too, according to sources.
The MeitY had earlier directed the blogging giant to block 257 accounts of those allegedly spreading fake news and tweeting about ‘farmer genocide’.
In its fresh notice to Twitter, the government had once again asked Twitter to remove 1,178 accounts for the same reason. However, the company is yet to comply with the Centre’s directives.
Meanwhile, Twitter’s India’s public policy head Mahima Kaul tendered her resignation.
The company has now come under the government’s scanner especially after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ‘liked’ tweets by a Washingtone Post reported who through her tweets praised Rihanna for her stand on the ongoing farmers’ protest in the national capital.
It is only recently that Twitter refused to block user accounts that trended a hashtags accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of attempting ‘farmer genocide’.
Other organisation linked to MeitY, including MyGov, Digital India, India Post, NIC, NIELIT, SAMEER, Common Services Center, UMANG app, Digi Locker, NIXI, STPI, CDAC, and CMET, among others have switched to Koo.