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WhiteHat Jr’s founder files $2.6M defamation suit against critic – TechCrunch

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Karan Bajaj, an Indian entrepreneur who teaches meditation and in his latest e-book invitations others to reside a life away from the noise, goes after probably the most vocal critic of his startup.

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

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

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

However the lawsuit, riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, can also be indicative of simply how little criticism WhiteHat Jr, owned by India’s second most useful startup Byju’s, is keen to just accept.

In keeping with inside 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 in regards to the startup in latest months.

The go well with additionally raises concern with Poonia accusing WhiteHat Jr of “murdering” an imaginary child that featured in considered one of its earlier adverts.

A 12-year-old youngster named “Wolf Gupta” appeared in earlier adverts 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 go well with. Sarcastically 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 in opposition to 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)

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Manish Singh