I have been in search of an Indian alternative to the multinational microblogging platform, Twitter. I don’t know whether my search has come to an end or not, but I found an Indian-made microblogging platform that is very similar to Twitter. Its name is Tooter, and it is becoming popular.
You find some very high-profile people on it such as Prime Minister Modi, and Home Minister Amit Shah. The user experience is good. It is very easy to open an account and start tweeting, I’m sorry, tooting.
After the Prime Minster gave a call for Atmanirbhar Bharat advocating Swadeshi, many Indian made digital products are becoming popular.
Though the user base of Tooter appears to be low as of now, it is expected to increase manifold as people appear to be enthusiastic to promote it.
It is to be noted that there are many Twitter users who are not happy with the platform. They accuse it of limiting their follower base, censoring their content, and even imposing restrictions. The platform is also facing the accusation of being led by the Leftists, and as such, deliberately censoring the content of right-leaning handles.
There are many people who also feel that the monopoly exercised by the multinational social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter is not good for Indian society. They suspect that the platforms may try to influence the public perception by spinning a narrative that is beneficial to the Leftists, Islamists, and other forces such as Khalistanis.
At a time when ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge Inshallah’ slogans are reverberating in some educational institutions, and many political parties enthusiastically supporting the evil forces behind the slogans, a biased platform such as Twitter may end up causing great damage to the interests of India. Therefore, it is our responsibility to promote swadeshi platforms like Tooter.