Twit­terati slams Snapchat CEO “This app is only for rich peo­ple. I don’t want to ex­pand to poor coun­tries like In­dia

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Nikita Sax­ena

Al­though Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, has de­nied say­ing that he didn’t want to ex­pand into “poor coun­tries like In­dia and Spain”, his app was the talk­ing point on so­cial me­dia for all the wrong rea­sons. In In­dia, #Boy­cottS­napchat and #Unin­stal­lS­napchat trended on so­cial me­dia af­ter an in­ter­view of his com­pany’s ex-em­ployee, An­thony Pom­pli­ano, ap­peared in Va­ri­ety Mag­a­zine, in which he said that Spiegel had told him: I don’t want to ex­pand into poor coun­tries like In­dia and Spain. Pom­pli­ano, who was fired by Snapchat, claimed that Spiegel told him this dur­ing a meet­ing in 2015. In a strong de­nial, Spiegel said, “This is ridicu­lous. Ob­vi­ously Snapchat is for ev­ery­one! It’s avail­able world­wide to down­load for free.”

How­ever, Twit­terati con­tin­ued tak­ing digs at Spiegel with­out know­ing the whole story be­hind it. “Your great com­pa­nies work be­cause of In­dian’s brains. And yet we’re poor. What ac­cord­ing to you de­fines “POOR” #boy­cotts­napchat (sic),” tweeted @spar­tan8188. @arvin­d­star_wrote, “Dear “Rich” @Snapchat, Good Bye from my “Poor” mo­bile. I love my coun­try more than this app. #boy­cotts­napchat.”

An on­line pe­ti­tion ad­dressed to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, and cy­ber cell of In­dia has been started on change.org, ask­ing for a ban on the app in In­dia.

Twit­ter was flooded with memes and digs at the Snapchat CEO and #Boy­cottS­napchat and #Unin­stal­lS­napchat started trend­ing

PHOTO: LU­CAS JACK­SON/REUTERS

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