Home Tech WhiteHat Jr’s founder recordsdata $2.6M defamation swimsuit towards critic – TechCrunch

WhiteHat Jr’s founder recordsdata $2.6M defamation swimsuit towards critic – TechCrunch


Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur who teaches meditation and in his current ebook invitations others to dwell a life away from the noise, goes after essentially the most vocal critic of his startup.

Bajaj, founding father of coding platform aimed at kids WhiteHat Jr, has filed a defamation case towards Pradeep Poonia, an engineer who has publicly criticized the agency for its advertising ways, the standard of the programs on the platform, and aggressive takedowns of such suggestions.

In the lawsuit — during which Bajaj is looking for $2.6 million in damages — Poonia has been accused of infringing emblems and copyright of properties owned by WhiteHat Jr, defaming and spreading deceptive details about the startup and its founder, and accessing the corporate’s personal communications app.

The lawsuit additionally accuses Poonia of publicly sharing telephone numbers of WhiteHat Jr workers and making robust accusations similar to likening the startup’s advertising ways to “little one sexual abuse.”

However the lawsuit, riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, can be indicative of simply how little criticism WhiteHatJr, a startup owned by India’s second most beneficial startup Byju’s, is prepared to just accept.

Based on inner posts of a Slack channel of WhiteHat Jr shared by Poonia, the startup has aggressively used copyright safety to take down quite a few unflattering suggestions concerning the startup in current months.

The swimsuit additionally raises concern with Poonia accusing WhiteHat Jr of “murdering” an imaginary child that featured in one in every of its earlier advertisements.

A 12-year-old little one named “Wolf Gupta” appeared in earlier advertisements of WhiteHat Jr, which claimed that the child had landed a profitable job at Google. The child doesn’t exist, the attorneys of Bajaj say within the swimsuit. Satirically that was additionally the purpose Poonia, who spent a very long time looking for extra details about this child, was making in his tweets.

Additional studying: 

Rage towards the machine: behind Byju’s swift silencing of dissent (The Ken)

India’s WhiteHat Jr is startup hell (The Morning Context)

WhiteHat Jr and the curious case of disappearing dissent (Forbes India)

Promoting physique asks WhiteHat Jr to pull down ads (Forbes India)