A 16-year-old girl from India developed a Bitcoin app called Crypto Price Tracker, and users on Reddit viciously attacked her with abuse and death threats.
When the internet first arose, it was hailed as a technological marvel that would change the world. People would be able to virtually visit museums from all over the world and have access to knowledge that could only be found in the finest universities. However, the reality is that the internet is often a cesspool where the mob rules. Case in point is what happened to Harshita Arora, a 16-year-old girl from India who created a Bitcoin app. It was not long before users on Reddit accused her of plagiarizing the app and heaping a horrid amount of abuse upon her.
My app Crypto Price Tracker, a beautiful and simple crypto price tracker, alerts, and portfolio management app, is released on the App Store! Download it here https://t.co/okHR4WTYKo
— Harshita Arora (@aroraharshita33) January 28, 2018
A Driven Young Lady
Harshita Arora comes from a small town outside of New Delhi in India. She looked to the tech industry as a way to make enough money to escape the confines of her life. She initially studied computer science in school and learned Adobe design software on her own in the evenings. Eventually, she dropped out of school to continue learning on her own.
Her work paid off. Salesforce in Bangalore offered her an internship a few months later, and she was then accepted into an MIT summer program. She made her way to Silicon Valley after the summer program ended, where she made quite a few contacts in the industry. However, she was unable to obtain a VISA and returned home to her parents.
Creating Crypto Price Tracker and the Reaction
Harshita Arora decided that her best path was to create her own products. To that end, she taught herself the Swift programming language