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India's Koo clocks downloads amid Twitter changes

Indian microblogging platform 'Koo' has announced that the total download for its application has crossed the 50 million (5 crore) mark.
The platform was launched in early 2020 with an aim to become an alternative to other available microblogging options, including Twitter. It is a multi-lingual, micro-blogging platform to enable Indians to express themselves online in their mother tongues.

Currently, Koo is available in 10 languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali and English.
Koo said in a statement that the platform saw a large increase in users, time spent, and engagement, particularly since January this year.

"We're very excited to be crossing the 50 million download mark. This validates the demand for a multi-lingual social network built with an India-first product mindset of seamlessly including language-speaking Indians in daily thought sharing," Aprameya Radhakrishna, CEO and Co-founder, of Koo App, said in the statement.

Meanwhile, after facing criticism for his plan to charge Twitter users USD 8 a month to get or keep a verified account, Twitter's new owner and CEO Elon Musk comes up with a cryptic tweet.

Talking to Twitter, Musk wrote, "you get what you pay for" and labeled it as a "spoiler alert" for Twitterati.

Musk's plan to charge Twitter users to get a verified account quickly prompted outrage and disbelief among some longtime microblogging site users. However, the backlash did not affect Musk.

On November 2 morning, he took to Twitter and reaffirmed his stance on the matter at hand.

"To all complainers, please continue complaining, but it will cost USD 8," he tweeted.


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