Snapchat refuses to accept CEO labelled India as being ‘poor’
Snapchat former employee has alleged in a lawsuit the Evan Spiegel said the app was ‘only for rich people’ sparking a backlash among Indians.
Currently, Snapchat is facing a severe public relations crisis now in India. Snapchat, which is currently the world’s fastest ever growing smartphone app in the market, after allegations, its founder made a statement that the app was “only for the rich” and that he did not want to “expand into poor countries like India”.
Now, these remarks which were made by Snap Inc. CEO in a meeting in 2015, are found in an unsealed complaint made by Anthony Pompliano, a former employee of Snap Inc, the parent company of Snapchat.
The social media company had fired Pompliano, after he had worked in the company for three weeks in 2015. He recently sued Snap Inc in a court in California for allegedly “destroying his career and his reputation”. The complaint made by Pompliano was revealed last week, this revealed the allegation which Snap. Inc CEO, once said to Pompliano that he actually had no particular interest in expanding Snapchat into countries like India.
According to the lawsuit, Spiegel said “This app is only for rich people,” he went on further “I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Currently, Snapchat has over four million, and this allegation has been regarded as being “ridiculous”. The company has this to say “Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone, and it’s available for everyone to download totally free”.
Well this denial has failed to quench the anger of Indians on Facebok, twitter, and reviews on the Snapchat play store app. During the weekend, on Facebook and twitter, the hashtags #Uninstall Snapchat and #BoycottSnapchat were trending, showing the undying anger of Indians.
On Apple store to, the rating of the platform has gone down to one-star after tons of poor reviews from angry Indians.