The messaging app Snapchat and its CEO Evan Spiegel have been receiving an outrageous boycott from Indians over the weekend after ‘uncomplimentary’ comments allegedly made by Spiegel went viral over social media stating that he didn’t want to expand into “poor countries like India and Spain”. The Indian end of social media is being flooded by #boycottSnapchat trend and as a result, Snapchat Inc. has denied any such comments and stated that Snapchat is for ‘everyone’.
It all started when an ex-employee of Snapchat, Anthony Pompliano appeared in Variety Magazine when he said that Spiegel had told him: “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain”. These comments are a part of a lawsuit filed by the former Snapchat employee. Although these comments made by Pompliano were said to be ‘completely misinformed’ by top Snapchat executives.
But the news went viral in India and Snapchat is already degraded to one-star rating within 15 hours on Apple’s App Store and has received thousands over thousands of uninstalls, down-ratings and fury stemmed reviews on Google Play Store apart from the overflowing social media posts and photos trolling Snapchat and Evan Spiegel.
To stop the growing damage over the application, Snapchat Inc. denied by saying that Spiegel has not made any controversial comments. Snapchat spokespersons said that “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 to our Snapchat community in India and around the world.”
Although Snapchat Inc. has denied and made a statement that such comments were not made by the CEO, the furious Indians are continuing their boycott and #boycottSnapchat and #uninstallSnapchat are increasingly trending.