Snapchat users snub app after CEO's alleged 'poor country' remark

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Snapchat users snub app after CEO's alleged 'poor country' remark

Snap has dismissed the claims as a publicity stunt.

"In case [Mr Spiegel] doesn't know, India is the seventh richest country on earth", one typical...

The critical remarks about the company by Pompliano stem from his lawsuit in which he claimed he was sacked from his position after he questioned Snapchat's internal methods for calculating daily active users.

A former employee at Snapchat, instigating a lawsuit, told a Los Angeles court that Spiegel interrupted him as he was making a presentation about the app's growth prospects overseas.

Hashtags like #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat were trending on social media sites such as Twitter a few days ago after news reports of Spiegel being quoted on his exchange with the former employee surfaced.

Here's how a major part of India reacted once they heard that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel was not interested in expanding the business to "poor countries" like India and Spain.

Given the fact that "Snap Chat" and "Snap deal" share the common word "snap" in their titles, some of the Indian netizens who've made a decision to boycott photo-sharing app "Snap Chat" are uninstalling the e-commerce app out of confusion.

Spiegel's remarks caused an uproar in India where users are quickly uninstalling the Snapchat app.

"This is ridiculous", a spokesperson at Snapchat said in a statement.

In 2013, a different group of hackers released a database of what it claimed contained 4.6 million Snapchat users, revealing usernames and passwords. He raised concerns with company executives that advertisers were being misled. "We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world".

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