The past few days have been tough for Snapchat and the reason behind this is its Indian consumer. A former employee of the country has alleged that Evan Spiegel who is the CEO of Snapchat said that the app is “only for rich people” and he has no intention of expanding it to poor countries like India and Spain.
The comment has been spreading like wildfire after being featured on the Indian news websites. The enraged Indians have started trending hashtags like “#UninstallSnapchat” & “#BoycottSnapchat” all over social media in just one single day. Because of this and negative reviews, the app has dived from its 5-star rating to 1-star in a matter of hours because of all the Indians.
The heat of the rage also engulfed the Indian e-commerce website, SnapDeal, as people started uninstalling it after mistaking it for Snapchat.
Anthony Pompliano who is an ex-employee of Snapchat has filed a lawsuit against the company following its public IOP claiming that the company has been “falsely representing” itself. A statement by CEO Spiegel was also included in the lawsuit where reportedly he has said,
“This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Snapchat Inc. has denied all such statements claiming that they have been “totally made by a disgruntled former employee” and have nothing to do with reality.
Soon after the news was heard, numerous Indians took to social media to express their displeasure over the alleged comments by the CEO about their country. People started deleting the app giving it a negative feedback and poor rating on the App Store and Google Play Store.
To top it all, anonymous Indian hackers have claimed that they have released the data of 1.7 million Snapchat users. According to them, they found a breach in the app last year but did not take advantage of its vulnerability. However, in the light of recent events, they have exploited the bug they found. There is further threatening by them to carry out a massive strike on the darknet against the app unless the CEO apologizes for his words. As yet, Snapchat has neither confirmed nor denied the leak or the hack.
A spokesperson by Snapchat have told the Indian media outlets on Sunday,
“This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free. Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world.”
Some confused Indians have targeted the India’s own e-commerce app, Snapdeal, by mistaking it for Snapchat. The app has been uninstalled by many and negative reviews and low ratings have been given on the app stores.
Snapchat continues to deny all the allegations being thrown at them by their ex-employee. We’ll wait till the CEO himself releases any statement.
Note that Evan Spiegel has already visited Pakistan and given a talk at a university as well so it sounds quite unbelievable that he would make such a statement.
- India a Poor Country, CEO of Snapchat: snapchat