Company’s CEO [said] that this shopping site is not for poor country India.
Responding to the claim, Snapchat said, “This is ridiculous”.
Run an early-stage company? The company’s legal team said Pompliano and his lawyers were “just making things up”, according to Variety. “Why didn’t he put any charges on it?” said one user on the App Store. Users initially slammed and trolled Spiegal for his alleged comments. From Business Insider we learned that Kashmiri people are installing Snapchat to show their anger and hate against India.
A statement allegedly made by Evan Spiegel, CEO of popular app Snapchat, in 2015 has sparked a controversy and threatened to derail the status of the app in the country.
It’s never a good time for bad publicity.
Spiegel’s alleged comments exploded on social media, especially in India, where #uninstallsnapchat and #boycottsnapchat trended for hours on Saturday and Sunday. Snapchat’s App Store ranking is now 1 star with the first couple of reviews all from Indians who are going on about how they are too poor and now need to delete the app. Ex-employee Anthony Pompliano claims he brought up the application’s lackluster performance in India and Spain during the meeting, pointing out that both nations had high mobile penetration and were ripe for improved growth.
The claims emerged last week when documents were made public from a lawsuit by Pompliano against Snapchat’s parent company, Snap.
The story was immediately picked up by Indians on social media. According to Yourstory who published the official statement of Snapchat after the entire fiasco unfolded suggested that the CEO denied allegations and asserted that the app was everyone and was available for free. Moreover, people are giving poor ratings to Snapchat. Pompliano has accused Snap of data analytics inefficiency.
Snap have become wary of this as they can not ignore as India, which is one of the most lucrative markets at this time.