Things keeping getting worse for Snapchat as the dust around the controversy that agitated Indians refuses to settle down. And the latest blow comes from the company that has proved to be the biggest source headache (aka trouble) for it in the recent times. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a subtle reaction to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel’s ‘poor India’ statement, which of course he didn’t hide.
Talking to TechCrunch on the sidelines of the annual developer conference F8 in San Jose, California on Tuesday, Zuckerberg said, “I think one thing that people probably don’t think about as much as we do is innovation to serve everyone in the community, not just the high end, right? So we focus on a lot of things like Facebook Lite. It’s up to 200 million people in like a year.”
Last week, a US-based website Variety quoted a former Snapchat employee Anthony Pompliano as saying that Spiegel had said that he wasn’t interested in expanding the reach of the app to ‘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,” Spiegel had reportedly told Pompliano.
The controversy proved to be catastrophic for Snapchat as hashtags like #boycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat began trending on the social media. Furthermore, the rating of the app also dropped from five-stars to three-stars on the App Store.
However, the company has declined Spiegel ever making any such statement saying Pompliano’s allegation were absolutely ‘ridiculous’.