Twitter suspends Indian microblogging platform Koo’s query handle

Microblogging site Twitter has suspended an account of the Indian microblogging platform Koo. The Twitter handle @kooeminence, which had been set up for users’ queries, was suspended on Friday. 

The development came in the wake of billionaire Elon Musk-owned Twitter suspending the accounts of several prominent global journalists, including those from the New York Times, CNN and Washington Post. 

Taking to Twitter, Mayank Bidawatka, co-founder of the homegrown microblogging platform said, “I forgot. There’s more! – Banning Mastodon account. – Not allowing mastodon links saying it’s unsafe. – Banning Koo’s eminence handle. I mean seriously. How much more control does the guy need?” 

Mastodon is the social media rival of Twitter. 

In a series of tweets, Bidawatka questioned the rationale behind suspending the @kooeminence account, which has been set up only a few days ago for queries posed by celebrities and VIPs wanting to use the Indian social media platform. 

“1.Posting publicly available info isn’t doxxing. Why shoot the messenger? 2. Journalists that posted links did nothing wrong. Posting a link to publicly available info isn’t doxxing the way posting a link to an online article isn’t plagiarism,” Koo co-founder Bidawtka said. 

“3.Leaving spaces without answering journalists is bad. 4. Creating policies out of thin air to suit yourself is worse. 5. Changing your stance every other day is inconsistent. 6. Posting a video of an unknown car on Twitter with the car plate showing – how’s that allowed?” he added. 

“He further added that there are other things that Twitter had done in the past week which is not a democracy. One needs to speak up,” he said. 

Bidawatka said that the home-grown microblogging platform is the best alternative to Twitter. 

“This place is what it is because of you and millions of other users like us. Let’s not fuel this guy’s ego,” he added. 

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