Koo’s Twitter handle suspended, Mayank Bidawatka reacts

Twitter has been in the headlines nonstop since billionaire Elon Musk took over the microblogging site. Recently, the social media platform suspended the accounts of multiple global journalists who were writing about and covering Musk.

Twitter also suspended the account of its Indian rival ‘Koo’ on Friday, as revealed by co-founder Mayank Bidawatka on his official Twitter handle. In his Tweet, Bidawatka wrote-

“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?”

Bidawatka, in a series of tweets questioned the reasoning behind suspending the @kooeminence account. This account was set up only a few days ago for queries posed by celebrities and VIPs wanting to use the Indian social media platform.

Koo co-founder, Mr Bidawatka said.

“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.”

He also added-

“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? 7. Killing spaces overnight to control conversations. The list is endless. This isn’t democracy. This is a strong need to exercise power & control. And shouldn’t be allowed. We need to speak up!”

He went on to say that Koo is the best option compared to Twitter, and insisted that the Indian microblogging site never creates policies for no reason. He tweeted-

“We’ve never created policies out of thin air. Everything is user focused and transparent. It’s the most inclusive platform. It’s time to take action instead of just discussing. This won’t stop here unless we make it!”

He also asked-

“I forgot. There’s more! I mean seriously. How much more control does the guy need? And guess what! Suddenly. Almost suddenly #ElonIsDestroyingTwitter has been removed from the trending section. Twitter is a publisher. Not a platform anymore!”

This event follows Twitter’s decision to suspend the accounts of approximately half a dozen well-known journalists who had been reporting on the social media site and Musk. The suspensions were citing that these individuals had violated rules against “doxxing.”

Among the accounts suspended are those belonging to Ryan Mac of The New York Times, Drew Harwell of The Washington Post, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Matt Binder of Mashable, and Micah Lee from The Intercept. Also on the list is political journalist Keith Olbermann as well as independent journalists Aaron Rupar and Tony Webster according to a report by The New York Times.

The implications that Twitter’s decision has on free speech and the rights of journalists to report the news has been widely discussed in the past few days. However, with the suspension of Koo’s account, it appears that this issue is coming much closer to home.

The question now is how Twitter plans to handle this situation, and what role the Indian microblogging site will play in providing an alternate platform for users who are tired of the social media giant’s antics.

Only time will tell what happens next.

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