Snapchat CEO called India 'a poor country' and now Indians are boycotting the app

Published: April 17, 2017


Photo-sharing app Snapchat came under fire after its CEO Evan Spiegel allegedly said the app was only for rich people and doesn’t “want to expand in countries into poor countries like India and Spain.” Snap Inc is now trying to regain lost ground denying, its CEO has made such a statement.

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The quote came from a recently unredacted court complaint by Anthony Pompliano, who served as the company’s growth lead for a few weeks in 2015. The former employee mentioned the exchange from a September 2015 meeting he had with Spiegel about the app’s international growth plans.

In an attempt to mitigate the damage, a Snap spokesperson called Pompliano claim “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,” he added.

However, it seems that the statement is not helping the company much. Since Spiegel’s alleged statement was highlighted by Variety and other news outlets, it has caused uproar amongst the Indian populace who are now boycotting the app. Snapchats ratings have also taken a hit after people started uninstalling the app and giving it one-star ratings on the Google Play Store and the App Store. Many Indian took to Twitter to show their anger with photo sharing platform. Some even shared the images of themselves uninstalling the app from their smartphones with the #boycottSnapchat.

Here are some of the best tweets that show what Indian’s had to say.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • JD
    Apr 17, 2017 - 3:54PM

    So? India is a poor country… whats wrong with calling it that? Its a poor, underdeveloped, third world country.. overpopulated and poor.. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 17, 2017 - 3:59PM

    With USD 1,500/- per capita, ofcourse India is not poor but equal to Switzerland and Singapore.Recommend

  • Reader
    Apr 17, 2017 - 5:43PM

    Indians have some fantasy about being superpower or economic power. Calling spade a spade is no crimeRecommend

  • Umair Ahmad
    Apr 17, 2017 - 6:44PM

    Nothing from Spain????Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 17, 2017 - 7:19PM

    @Umair Ahmad Spaniards are too busy playing gladiator games in the Colosseum. Recommend

  • Lobaugh
    Apr 17, 2017 - 7:48PM

    Ha ha haaa. Poor Indians with poor mind.
    They are not poor only, they are illiterate, superstitious and arrogant as well.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 17, 2017 - 9:04PM

    India is a poor country. Proof? They hardly have any bathrooms in their country.Recommend

  • hzr
    Apr 17, 2017 - 9:19PM

    The power of numbers will realign these companies and it does not matter about being rich or poorRecommend

  • Baloch
    Apr 17, 2017 - 10:59PM

    stupid indians are out of control. why truth hurts?Recommend

  • Truther
    Apr 17, 2017 - 11:33PM

    Aw poor indiansRecommend

  • Indian
    Apr 18, 2017 - 6:47AM

    I request my Pakistani friends to go and see if a few more lynchings are being organised by their educated university students. Please stop them if you do not support them. Recommend

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