Koo App gains significant traction; user base expanded to 4.2 mn
New Delhi: Koo has a few similarities with Twitter. However, it has gained considerable traction in the last few days as many ministers and famous personalities have moved towards the indigenous micro-blogging site.
Piyush Goyal, Sanjay Dhotre, BS Yediyurappa, Giriraj Singh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Anil Kumble, Anupam Kher, and many others have made their accounts on Koo. PM Modi also encouraged people to use the app in his recent 'Mann Ki Baat'.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has already got over 5 lakh followers, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya has around 23,000 followers and Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh has over 7,800 followers.
Besides, the Ministry of Electronics and IT, MyGov, Digital India, India Post, National Informatics Centre, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Common Services Centre, UMANG App, Digi Locker, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs and others have also set up accounts on Koo.
According to reports, Koo has crossed 4.2 million users. However, some security concerns were raised. Social media users also raised questions about the app’s Chinese connection.
Koo's co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna tweeted, “Koo is an Indian registered company with Indian founders. Raised earlier capital 2.5 year ago. Latest fund for Bombinate Technologies is led by a truly Indian Investors 3one4 capital. Shunwei (single digit shareholder) which had invested in our vokal journey will be exiting fully (sic).”
Koo is an India registered company with Indian founders. Raised earlier capital 2.5 years ago. Latest funds for Bombinate Technologies is led by a truly Indian investor 3one4 capital. Shunwei (single digit shareholder) which had invested in our Vokal journey will be exiting fully— Aprameya R (@aprameya) February 10, 2021
On the other hand, there are people who are worried about the security issues in the Koo application. Ethical hacker Elliot Alderson, who had exposed flaws in Aadhaar and Arogya Setu App earlier, also tested the app. Alderson tweeted, “The app is leaking personal data of its users: E-Mail, dob, name, marital status, gender….. (sic)”
You asked so I did it. I spent 30 min on this new Koo app. The app is leaking of the personal data of his users: email, dob, name, marital status, gender, ... https://t.co/87Et18MrOg pic.twitter.com/qzrXeFBW0L— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) February 10, 2021