New social media rules: Koo says he gave details of compliance to IT ministry

NEW DELHI: Twitter rival Koo said on Thursday it had provided “necessary details” on complying with the new social media rules, as requested by the IT ministry.
The ministry had asked all major social media companies on Wednesday to immediately report the status of compliance with the new digital rules and provide details of the grievance officer, compliance officer and nodal manager to which users may complain when subjected to offensive messages.
“Yes, we have provided the necessary details (to the government),” Aprameya Radhakrishna, co-founder of Koo, told PTI.
He was responding to a question about whether Koo provided the stipulated details and the compliance report, as requested by the ministry.
Radhakrishna noted that a strong framework of community guidelines is already in place on the platform.
Koo has seen a sharp increase in user base over the past few months amid bugle calls to expand the ecosystem of local digital platforms.
“Our intention is to ensure that every user has a safe experience on Koo. We have processes to respond to all user complaints and were able to identify people who were confident in keeping the promise of security and an ideal environment for users, ”Radhakrishna said.
Asked about the mechanism for tracking sender of messages reported by authorities under the new rules, Radhakrishna said that Koo is an open network and anything that is said is visible to the world once on someone’s profile.
“Getting information on who said what first is a pretty open and transparent exercise on Koo. Anyone can report a post they don’t like using the report option on the Koo,” he said. he adds.
On Wednesday, Koo said he had raised $ 30 million (around Rs 218 crore) in a funding round led by Tiger Global.
Existing investors Accel Partners, Kalaari Capital, 3one4 Capital, Blume Ventures and Dream Incubator also participated in the latest round of funding. IIFL and Mirae Assets are other new investors who have joined the cap table with this round.
Koo’s popularity had increased after union ministers and government departments approved the microblogging platform following a dispute with Twitter.

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