After facing severe backlash by people across India for his “India too poor” comment, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has gone into a damage control mode and have termed the allegations as “ridiculous” and has now claimed that he never said that “India was too poor”.
Evan further claimed that it was nothing but a “disgruntled employee” who was making up the statement. 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.
“This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free. In the notice we filed with the court when we unsealed Pompliano’s original complaint (attached), we wrote: ‘Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did Snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano’s complaint. Snap will demonstrate as much at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum,” YourStory quoted excerpts from the official statement as saying.
Snapchat sparked outrage on social media after the company’s employee claimed that the CEO Evan Spiegel did not wish to expand his business in India because he thinks that the app was not “poor” countries like India and Spain.
“This app is only for rich people…I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain,” Evan Spiegel allegedly said. People on social wasted no time in lashing out at the popular app and urged people to boycott Snapchat by uninstalling it and giving poor rating on the appstore. Things went so bad that Snapchat’s rating dropped to a “single star” from an apparent “five star” on Google playstore.