Indian alternative to Twitter, Koo, has been getting very popular among the users in the country. This app has come under the radar for leaking sensitive information of user but this has not stopped it from emerging as the top free apps in India on App Store. Koo says that it is an AatmaNirbhar App and it even won the AatmaNirbhar App Innovation Challenge held by the Government of India in August 2020.
Koo gained a lot of traction after the Indian government locked horns with Twitter over the suspension of a few accounts. According to Google Play Store, Koo has already garnered over 1,000,000+ in a very short amount of time. It is available for download on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
As per a security researcher, Eliot Anderson has said that the app shares the personal information of users including phone number, email id, gender, marital status. Koo has, however, declined these allegations.
“Users enter their profile data on the app to be shared with others on the platform. That’s what’s displayed everywhere across the platform. While there have been false allegations of a data leak, it’s just commonly called the public profile page for all users to view!” Koo said in a statement.
Also, as per data leaks, Koo also has alleged links with Chinese investors were also dugout as the company claimed to be an “aatmannirbhar app”. It is believed that Shunwei had a small investment in the company and they are connected to Xiaomi.
“Koo takes pride in being an Indian company with Indian founders and in being registered here. The recent investment in Bombinate Technologies Koo’s parent company was by Mohandas Pai of 3one4 Capital, an Indian investor. Shunwei, a single-digit shareholder that had invested in Vokal, another start-up of ours which answers user questions in Indian languages, will be exiting fully. Bombinate is the parent company of Vokal and Koo.”