Snapchat has been receiving flak since news emerged that its CEO Evan Spiegel allegedly said that India was too poor to consider its expansion.
According to Variety magazine, Spiegel made the comment during a meeting on the growth of the app’s user base in 2015. Apparently, an employee pointed out concerns of Snapchat’s slow growth in India, to which Spiegel said, “This app is only for rich people.” The magazine quoted the employee’s revelation, “”I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Since the news broke, Snapchat’s rating on the App store has fallen from five stars to two stars (Sunday afternoon). In India, #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat have been trended on social media. There have been calls from entertainment stars prompting followers online to uninstall Snapchat.
Snapchat has denied the claims.