Snapchat CEO said India "too poor" to consider expansion

Mike Blake  Reuters

They decided to make it available on the Dark Web to mark their resentment against "arrogant" Spiegel's alleged reference to India as a "poor" country.

Run an early-stage company? According to Pompliano's complaint, Spiegel made some seriously inappropriate and racist commentary regarding his app and its expansion into countries including one of the world's biggest markets, India.

According to the information on App Store, the ratings of the current version of the app was single star (based on 6,099 ratings) and all versions rating was one and half star (based on 9,527 ratings) as on Sunday morning.

Comments from the app users.

The company has also responded to Pompliano's other claim in his lawsuit filed at a United States court in January that Snapchat showed inflated user data and was "misinformed about key metrics". Most of the reviews in the App Store are directed at the CEO's remarks.

Anger has boiled over among social media users over allegations by a former employee - which Snapchat strongly denies - that its CEO once dismissed India as a "poor" country that wasn't a priority for the app. The Hindustan Times quoted the company as saying, "This is ridiculous".

Snap has said most of its daily active users are concentrated in the top 10 advertising markets worldwide - a list topped by the U.S., China, Japan and Britain. On Thursday, Facebook's Instagram announced that over 200 million people were now using the Instagram Stories feature every day - suggesting that reports about the adverse impact the Snapchat clone has had on Snap's growth are at least partly true.

Twitter users adopted the hashtag #boycottSnapchat to rail against the app. Users have given the app a one-star rating on the Apple app store and Google Play app store in protest. The document, filed in January, was made public this week after Snap abandoned an effort to keep it under seal.

Evan further claimed that it was nothing but a "disgruntled employee" who was making up the statement.

Snap wasn't the only company to come under fire on social media. Some called on people to delete Snapchat from their phones.

Meanwhile, Snapchat users in India have been deleting the app since learning about a comment allegedly made by Snap Inc.



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