#BoycottSnapchat is trending on Twitter India. The popular social networking platform is facing an outrage from its Indian users after a former Snapchat employee alleged that CEO Evan Spiegel was not interesting in expanding the business to poor countries like India and that the app was meant for only rich people. Also Read - How to use Snapchat's viral Cartoon 3D Style LensAlso Read - Accidently broke Snapchat streak with friends? Here's how to restore it
Snapchat, however, has turned down the allegations. “This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free, said a Snap Inc. spokesperson in a statement to BGR India. Also Read - New Spectacles, Snap Story Studio and more announced at Snapchat Partner Summit 2021
The company has also responded to Pompliano s other claim in his lawsuit filed at a US court in January that Snapchat showed inflated user data and was misinformed about key metrics. ALSO READ: Snapchat launches Snap to Store for marketers to track ads
“Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did Snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano’s complaint. Snap will demonstrate as much at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum, the spokesperson further added.
Earlier, Pompliano told Variety that in one of his meetings with Evan Spiegel he pointed out that the company needed to tap into other markets and needed to perform to its full potential. Pompliano claims that he was interrupted by Spiegel who went on to comment, This app is only for rich people. I don t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.
Snapchat may not be as big as Facebook or WhatsApp in India, but is quite popular. According to several media reports, Snapchat s user base in India is around 4 million. Currently, Snapchat is under immense pressure to improvise as its several iconic features are being ripped off by social networking giant, Facebook. Already, Instagram Stories has hit 200 million users, surpassing Snapchat s. ALSO READ: Snapchat unveils new Story Search feature
As expected, Spiegel s alleged comment didn t go down well with its Indian users. Just like the Aamir Khan-Snapdeal controversy, people have started a campaign on Twitter to encourage everyone to uninstall the Snapchat application. Some are even claiming to have given poor ratings to the application on the app store.
A quick glance at the reviews section of these app stores will show a bunch of comments outraging against Spiegel s comments. At the time of publishing this story, Snapchat’s rating on Google Play store is 4 whereas on iOS it has just one star from 6099 ratings for the current version. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.
Humanity (@ThisOnlyForMe) April 16, 2017
#Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Calls India Poor. Teach Him A Lesson:
2.Rate It 1 Star On Google Play.
Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 15, 2017
Juliet (@twiish_) April 16, 2017
Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/Kxx9CR8bLR
Prabhas Fan (@ThePrabhasFan) April 16, 2017
Snapchat’s rating has dropped to from on the app store.
Sreejit (@ThisHungryPanda) April 16, 2017