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Snapchat denies its CEO labeled India as 'poor'

20 April 2017, 05:30 | Jodi Jackson

Snapchat is grateful to Indian users and claims that it is for everyone

A woman stands in front of the logo of Snap Inc. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange while waiting for Snap Inc. to post their IPO in New York City

Snapchat had refuted the reported claims of a former employee who alleged that its CEO Evan Spiegel made negative comments about the Indian market, saying the multimedia mobile app is for everyone and the company is "grateful" to its Indian users.

Spiegel's alleged comments about India, which Snap has called "ridiculous", came from a recently unredacted court complaint by Anthony Pompliano, who served as the company's growth lead for a few weeks in 2015 before being fired. In the document, Pompliaono, who was the company's growth lead for a few weeks in 2015, recounts a September 2015 meeting he had with the CEO regarding Snapchat's worldwide growth plans.

Pompliano was sacked in 2015 after only three weeks at the company.

"In case [Mr Spiegel] doesn't know, India is the seventh richest country on earth", one typical... And soon #boycottsnapchat started trending on Twitter with people criticizing the app and the founder.

"Obviously Snapchat is for everyone!"


The logo of messaging app Snapchat is seen at a booth at TechFair LA, a technology job fair, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26.

Snap points out that its Snapchat app is a free download, available to everybody.

It was even rumored that Indian hackers retaliated by leaking 1.7 million Snapchat users' data on the "dark web", but these reports have not been verified.

The Snapchat controversy in India has created a lot of buzzes.

Pompliano's lawsuit accuses executives of exaggerating user data to mislead advertisers.



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