Snappy Trolls

India Today - - UPFRONT -

In­di­ans on­line have a rep­u­ta­tion for their thin skin and pa­tri­otic zeal. A rich, blond CEO look­ing down his nose at the coun­try is the red­dest of rags for the an­gri­est of bulls. Ac­cord­ing to an ex-em­ployee in­volved in a law­suit against Snapchat, the im­age mes­sag­ing ser­vice’s founder Evan Spiegel said two years ago that he didn’t want to “ex­pand into poor coun­tries like In­dia and Spain”. If only In­dia were as poor as Spain. While lit­tle is known about the Span­ish re­ac­tion, In­di­ans have re­sponded with abuse and a fusil­lade of an­gry 1-star re­views of Snapchat on Ap­ple’s App Store. Some In­dian trolls have taken to heap­ing scorn on Spiegel’s fi­ancee, Aus­tralian model Mi­randa Kerr. And In­dian hack­ers claimed to have leaked de­tails of 1.7 mil­lion Snapchat users. That’ll teach them.

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