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Indian social media platform to shut down, after acquisition talks failed

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Once seen as desi alternative to Twitter, India's social media platform 'Koo' is now shutting down. The social media startup Koo shut down after acquisition talks failed. Koo co-founders Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka said they will now evaluate making the company's assets into a digital public good to enable social conversations in native languages around the world.

Social media startup Koo, which had positioned itself as the homegrown alternative to X (formerly Twitter), is shutting down its service after prolonged talks for an acquisition failed.


"We explored partnerships with multiple larger internet companies, conglomerates and media houses but these talks didn't yield the outcome we wanted. Most of them didn't want to deal with user generated content and the wild nature of a social media company," Koo co-founders Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka said in a LinkedIn post on July 3.

Koo commenced by Radhakrishna and Bidawatka in year 2019 and was launched in March 2020. It gained prominence amidst the standoff between the Indian government and Twitter (now X) in 2021 amid farmer protests at the time.