Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s CEO comes under fire after he explains disinterest in expanding the business to “poor countries” like India.
After he made that statement, the rating of the popular app dropped to a “single star” from an apparent “five star” on the App Store.
Several users have also uninstalled the app. US-based news website Variety on Saturday quoted Snapchat’s former employee Anthony Pompliano as saying that Spiegel in September 2015 told him that:
“The app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain”.
The company has since denied the remarks stating, through its attorneys:
“The simple fact is that he (Pompliano) knows exactly nothing about Snap’s current metrics. He and his lawyers are — not to put too fine a point on matters — just making things up,”
The attorneys termed Pompliano a “disgruntled employee fired for poor performance”.
Before the statement, Indians did not take the comment lightly and took to social media to lash out at the statement from the CEO.
“First of all, I didn’t even want to give any freakin’ star to this app. Evan (CEO of Snapchat) shows how stupid he is by saying this. I bet 3/4th of his company is run by Indian employees. If he didn’t want to expand it to poor countries, then why is this app free? Why didn’t he put any charges on it?” a user wrote on App Store, condemning the CEO.
Some users wrote:
“Poor India & Spain need better than Snapchat”, “Goodbye, My Snapchat Account and Snap Inc. You’ll be product of gone by era and derision”, and “Poor Evan Spiegel”.
The app was also trolled on Twitter. #boycottsnapchat became the most trending hashtag on Twitter overnight.
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