This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate
Last month, a 16-year-old girl from India created a ticker in digital currency that tracks the price of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, cash, ethereum, and many others. . However, when Harshita Arora introduced the iOS app to members of the bitcoin community who frequent Reddit's forum / r / bitcoin, she was accused of plagiarizing the application. Unfortunately, even though the charges were false, Arora was further discriminated against for being a woman, while commentators also speculated that a person at her age could not create an iOS platform.
This week, news.Bitcoin.com has maintained with Harshita Arora, a 16-year-old girl who developed the Crypto Price Tracker app for iPhones. Arora explains that she lives in a small town just outside New Delhi in India and that she is a big technology fan. Arora studied computer science and was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a summer internship. Arora decided to make a crypto-currency price tracking app for iOS and announced the launch of the project on January 28th.
However, when she announced the application herself on the forum / r / bitcoin, she was greeted by a crowd of people who did not believe that she had created the # 39; application. A reviewer wrote a blog post detailing that the application was plagiarized although the story was later revealed to be false. Most of the criticism came from the fact that Arora has hired help to do backend coding on the Crypto Price Tracker. But after the charges / r / bitcoin, the clients started harassing Arora to be young and wrote him hateful and sexist comments. News.Bitcoin.com spoke with Arora about how she got into coding and crypto-currencies, but especially how she handled the issues she faced when launching the platform.
Harshita Apps: How This Young Woman Overcame False Accusations and Attacks by Redditors
News.Bitcoin.com (BC): Can you tell our readers how you got into coding apps?
The first time I heard about cryptocurrencies, it was in 2016, in a technical magazine that I read every month (Digit). I got to know Bitcoin mining and I understood the underlying technology and cryptography.
And then in 2017, cryptos and bitcoin were everywhere on my Facebook feed and on Quora. I have therefore started to be more curious and read more online.
BC: What made you decide to develop the Crypto Price Tracker?
I wrote a little here in this article . In short, it is because of the frustration caused by the use of horribly designed applications that it has become extremely difficult for me to keep abreast of prices. Being a designer and a creator in the soul, I could not help but design a new application with a better UI and UI.
Well, when I started the application on launch day (January 28th), there was a lot of positive feedback. This was the subject . I've had a lot of positive comments about the application and how I could improve it further. I've seen a lot of my traffic (in iTunes Connect App Analytics) coming from Reddit. And I read four 5 star reviews mentioning that they came from Reddit. One of them even said, "I came here from Reddit, and I was not disappointed."
But a woman decrypted my app on a jailbroken iPhone and wrote an angry blog post accusing me of plagiarizing the application on the basis of non evidence conclusive. She posted it on Reddit, and that 's where it was viral and invited a lot of abuse and hate.
BC: Do you think your age has anything to do with criticism?
Likely, but I'm not sure. I've thought about it based on the trends in the comments. There were many sexist, racist and ageist remarks from some of the attackers. I do not know if that was the only reason people were criticizing me and my application. But this could be an important reason because * some * people have a hard time believing that there are teenage entrepreneurs and developers.
After the publication of the article on The Daily Beast, I received an impressive number of emails and positive messages from supporters of the bitcoin and crypto community.
People were pointing out and understanding what I had to go through. It may be just that r / bitcoin was mean to me – but again, I'm not too sure.
BC: Are you a bitcoin holder or do you have other cryptocurrencies?
No, I do not invest in bitcoins or other cryptos. I am much more interested in technology than in the economy. I think people have treated cryptos badly as an asset to invest and make money fast.
BC: Where do you live, do your classmates or classmates know a lot about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Maybe classmates or friends?
I live in a small town in northern India. All my friends use the internet regularly. My closest friends know bitcoin and are currently developing applications for bitcoin and cryptos. I tend to spend most of my time with other nerds. As for classmates, I do not go to school. I left formal school in 2016.
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