What's in a name! This learning app irked over mistaken identity
“Ours is Pegasus online learning app, and not the Israeli NSO group’s spyware,” says Sanoop PC, who runs the Pegasus PSC coaching Institute in Koyilandy, Kozhikode. He was unable to stop laughing while saying this. After the Pegasus snooping spyware controversy erupted, the number of downloads of this local coaching centre’s app has doubled. Also, countless phone calls were received in the last week.
Last year when institutes were shut down due to lockdown, the idea of an app seized Sanoop to continue classes for the students virtually. Different classes from teachers all over the state are available in the Pegasus online app. “Before it was just 1,200 downloads that too just by the local students around Koyilandy but now it has peaked upto 3,000 from the different parts of the nation. Also, numerous calls in the languages of Bihari, Hindi, Tamil and many other unknown languages are coming to us even at midnight. I saw about 75 missed calls in the morning. ” Sanoop added.
Pegasus PSC coaching centre started in 2015 by four friends, including Sanoop, who were troubled by the unavailability of coaching centres in the Koyilandy area. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Pegasus coaching centre had eight batches of students. But last year it narrowed to three. Amidst this adversity, this is a new trouble. But Sanoop and his team have considered it as an ice breaker in this tough time. “Before ‘Pegasus’ was an alien name to the customers but now we don’t need to market the name” he laughed out loud.
“Initially, our friends and relatives panicked and dialled us thinking that we had tapped the calls. Our WhatsApp groups are flooded with trolls and memes on this now,” Sanoop added. The Facebook page is also overwhelmed with new friend requests. “Non-Malayalam speakers would have been confused hearing my Malayalam replies as Israeli language and disconnected the call immediately in fear” commented Sanoop.