Reddit Strikes Again:Female Bitcoin App Developer Gets Terrorized

JP Buntinx | February 10, 2018 | 9:30 pm

Reddit Strikes Again:Female Bitcoin App Developer Gets Terrorized

JP Buntinx | February 10, 2018 | 9:30 pm

The Internet can be a very hostile place first and foremost. Especially where social media is concerned, conversations can turn extremely vile in the blink of an eye. Reddit, the so-called frontage of the Internet, is also a cesspool in some regards. A female teenager got verbally abused over a Bitcoin application. No one believed she is the original developer of the Crypto Price Tracker application, simply because she is 16 years old. The truth is very different, as Harshita Arora earned a prestigious internship to build powerful applications.

It is not uncommon for teenagers to create cryptocurrency-related applications. Any effort made in this regard needs to be applauded first and foremost. This is especially true when females start to show an interest in Bitcoin and other similar currencies. In the case of Harshita Arora, her first experience with a Bitcoin application has not been overly positive. In fact, it seems all of Reddit decided to chew her out because of this particular application.

Reddit Turns Against Aspiring Female Bitcoin Coder

Cryptocurrency price tracking applications are rather popular these days. A lot of people want to keep close tabs on how the markets are evolving at all times. It is unclear why a portion of the Reddit community turned their negative attention to Harshita’s application. While her application works just fine, people simply didn’t buy her story in the slightest. No one believes a 16-year-old female can build a cryptocurrency price tracking application, for some reason.

Some comments even went as far as stating how she isn’t a 16-year-old girl at all. Instead, the app is perceived as a massive scam by an unidentified male to sell the application as much as possible. With so much attention for this app on Reddit, it is certainly possible a fair few sales have been generated in the process. Things did not end there either by any means. Harshita receives a lot of threats ranging from rape warnings to hateful emails and even the “plagiarization” comment. All of her hard work is not appreciated by Redditors, for some reason.

A self-taught app designer such as Harshita Arora deserves a lot of respect. Amateur coders are more than welcome in the world of cryptocurrency right now. This industry is not exactly popular among females, let alone female coders. Harshita Arora has a major internship at Salesforce on her resume. She also took part in an MIT summer program, which provides a valuable learning experience. Her Crypto Price Tracker all for iOS is available for iPhone users as of right now. It seems the original feedback on the App Store is very positive. On Reddit, however, there is still very little respect for this aspiring developer. Perhaps this could also be one of the reasons for which Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian decided to take a step back from this community to focus on Blockchain Investments.

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  • Tyrone J. Owens

    Bad code can be seen from miles away. No discrimination, if something is shit then it is shit–a pussy can’t fix that.

    • Jim Panse

      Thats not a reason to verbally abuse somebody.

      • Jack F. Trolls

        I’ve no idea if the code is shit as I’m neither on reddit nor an iPhone user but if the code is shit, then why shouldn’t they say so ? Just wondering if Tyrone of all people could fix it 😉

      • Graf Zeppelin

        Do you need a reason to verbally abuse somebody?

    • Pamela Frank

      Being disrespectful and abusive doesn’t help anything… As a matter of fact, it shows a lack of self respect. Might want to consider being a bit more constructive…rather than simply an disrespectful, condecending critic.

      • k

        If this was about a male developer, no one would bat an eye at the issue right?

        • cam

          Exactly. Kinda sexist ain’t it?

      • Benjamin Bergo

        No one cares about this, this has nothing to do with crypto at all, some deviants were toxic (which you find in every community) and it just shows that newsbtc is a bad news outlet for focusing on it. If I want to read about this shit, I’d tune into mainstream media, but I’m fed up with this, give me some crypto news insted.

    • F. Haters

      No discrimination. Maybe some watermelon seeds were obstructing your view as you were “validating her code”.

    • Matthew Ward

      Show the bad code. Point at lines that warrant this degree of harassment…
      If the code isn’t on a public repository like GitHub, then you can’t disparage it.
      If it is, then you need to back up your shit with proof.

      • Graf Zeppelin

        Stop sealioning.

    • cbc700

      You should be embarrassed with that crude comment.

  • k

    Yea, I’m sure she was scolded because she’s female. Yea, it’s definitely about gender.

    • Jack F. Trolls

      I thought female was a sex, not a gender.

  • Gimme ThemToes

    Instead of wasting my time coding, I just paint my toes.

  • Ricardo Martinez

    it was because she stole other programmer’s code, and tried to pass it off as her own work, not because she has a vajayjay

    • yumtacos

      Except her professor at MIT audited it and says that the code is not ripped off. Or do you have some proof that he’s wrong?

  • Joey Bodnar

    She stole someone else’s code and called out for it. What the hell is this article about?

    • yumtacos

      Prove it.

  • fig

    People’s lack of respect goes beyond the line of disrespect. For what reason are you all so hostile or so passive to not call out those who are? That being said, she did plagiarize some of the code, but this is something a majority of devs has probably done! Her choice to do this and release the app for beta testing was more than questionable however.

  • Adam

    those folks at SF go the extra mile on the dev side for their customers. My hats off to Harshita for trying her best amidst the usual volume of adversity we might hear and see on any given day.

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