Snapchat CEO Denies Calling India ‘Too Poor’, App Rating Down to 1

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After an ex-Snapchat employee alleged that the social media platform’s CEO Evan Spiegel was not interested in expanding business to India as it was “too poor” for him, the latter has denied the comment, according to a Hindustan Times report.

Anthony Pompliano, the ex-employee, told American website Variety that Spiegel was adamant against expanding in markets like Spain and India as the app was “too rich for them”. The discussion allegedly took place during a meeting in 2015.

Pompliano is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Snapchat after he accused the company of misleading investors by providing inflated statistics about user data.

Variety also reports that Pompliano was hired from Facebook to increase the company’s user base, and was later fired by Snapchat.

#BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat

Indian Twitter was not amused by this statement and called fellow Snapchat users to boycott the platform.

This is the copy of the lawsuit filled by Anthony Pompliano against Snapchat:

Pompliano’s suit tells a story of his brief, three-week tenure at Snapchat, during which he says he learned that the company had inflated its user data and that top executives were “completely misinformed” about key metrics.

Pompliano’s lawsuit carries the instance of a meeting with two data analysts, who confided to him that Snapchat had “an institutional aversion to looking at user data,” and its efforts in that area were marked by “utter incompetence,” says the Variety report.

Snapchat Ratings Drop to ‘One Star’ on Apple India App Store

According to the app info on App Store, the "Customer Ratings" of the current version of the app is "single star" (based on 6,099 ratings) and all versions rating is "one and half star" (based on 9,527 ratings) as on Sunday morning.

The rating for the app on Android Play Store was "four star" (based on 11,932,996 ratings). As the ratings of the app have dropped, the criticism of the CEO and the app have increased.

Snapchat has denied the allegations, saying: “This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone. It’s available worldwide to download for free.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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