A lot of furious reactions and discussions happened a couple of days back over Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel comments about the app expansion.
The USA-based news website Variety quoted Anthony Pompliano, an ex-employee of Snapchat, over some comments made by Spiegel during September 2015 where he reportedly told Pompliano that “the app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain”.
Reacting on this, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg subtly mocked by commenting that Facebook is for everyone, not just “the high end”. Zuckerberg spoke to TechCrunch at the annual Facebook F8 developer conference on 18 April at San Jose. He spoke about how he and the company thinks about people and innovation all the time, focusing on concepts like Facebook Lite which itself brings about 200 million people a year.
Quite evidently, it created much uproar in India and people took to social media to bash Spiegel’s alleged statement. The ratings of the Snapchat app in App Store fell to one star, and the Google Android Store app ratings had scathing and angry comments from the Indian user base, leading to app uninstalls.
Seeing the reactions, the Snapchat PR team released a statement denying the allegations. The press statement mentioned how Pompliano is unaware of the real site metrics of Snapchat and that he and his lawyers are fabricating lies against the company. Snapchat’s attorney termed the ex-employee as a “disgruntled” staff member who was reportedly fired for “poor performance”.
The hashtag #boycottsnapchat became a trending sensation on Twitter overnight, and users flagged the app for “hateful content”.
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