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Hello everyone, it’s been over a month since I have posted a blog, so today I’m up with a new and hot topic. It is none other than Koo. Koo is a micro-blogging service just like Twitter where users can express their thoughts which is trending right now in India(mostly) because it has been found by the Indian developers. So, let’s see this app in detail in this Blog Post.
Koo was released in early 2020, March to be precise. But there would be a question arising in your mind that how it became so popular?? It’s mainly because of Its participation and the winning of the Indian government’s Atmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge brought it under so much recognition.
It is founded by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka, both MBA graduates from India.
There are many important features as well as privacy concerns, Let’s talk about that in the next section. The features in this app are mostly similar to Twitter
Coming up with the first feature, The idea behind the app was to allow Indian users to share their opinions in local languages, according to the ‘about’ section on the Koo website.
Users can write messages in text or share them in audio or video formats. It has Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Tamil, and English language options, with other coming soon. It also allows people to express their opinions in their local languages.
Messages can be written up to 400 characters and are called “Koo”. There are language communities which essentially show all content in a particular language.
As Koo’s user base surged, ethical hacker Robert Baptiste, who goes by Elliot Alderson on Twitter, raised concerns around the security of the data collected by the app.
“The app is leaking the personal data of users: email, dob, name, marital status, gender,” he wrote on Twitter.
Baptiste shared a redacted screenshot, allegedly of an app user, to illustrate that it is possible to access a user’s personally identifiable information (PII), including date of birth. Protecting PII is a core value of data privacy, considering how even seemingly innocuous scraps of data can be stitched together to identify or impersonate a person.
However, Koo co-founder Radhakrishna refuted the allegation and claimed that the details visible are those shared by the user on the profile page.
“Some news about data leaking being spoken about unnecessarily. Please read this: The data visible is something that the user has voluntarily shown on their profile of Koo. It cannot be termed a data leak. If you visit a user profile you can see it anyway,” he wrote on Twitter.
Source(The above Para) : theHindu