Snapchat CEO Under Fire For Making an Infuriating Comment – 4 Things to Know
Sunday morning witnessed a huge drop in the Snapchat ratings on the Android Play Store. In light of the recent events, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is facing huge criticism. The news came to light when Anthony Pompliano, an ex-employee of Snapchat reported to the US-based website Variety that the CEO told him that “the app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” The former employee has filed a lawsuit for the above comment which was made in September of 2015. Click here to view a copy of the lawsuit.
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1. Reaction of The Story
The Indian’s did not take this comment lightly and they lashed out at the Snapchat CEO on the social media. Amidst heavy criticism from the Indian’s and dropping ratings the Snapchat CEO has so far denied the allegations made on him. After the news broke there was a continuous plunge in the site’s ratings from 5 Star to just 1 Star. The current rating that is visible on Android Play Store is 4 Stars which is an average of the overall ratings. There is also an increase in the number of people uninstalling the app and asking others to do the same. #boycottsnapchat is currently trending on twitter.
2. What did the Snapchat CEO say?
The Snapchat CEO has denied any allegations and denied making any such comment. According to the website Variety, when the CEO was told about the apps poor performance, he made the alleged statement saying that the app is only for rich people. Thousands of Indians are uninstalling the app yet there is no proper statement from the Snapchat CEO. According to the Huffington Post, the response they received upon reaching the company is –
This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free.
3. Snapchat or Snapdeal?
Amidst the huge reachout on the social media sites, many people have confused Snapchat for Snapdeal. Snapdeal is an Indian e-commerce company which has nothing to do with the current Snapchat issue. Many people have lashed out to Snapdeal confusing it for Snapchat and the reviews on the Snapdeal app are a proof of this confusion. There is a huge difference between Snapchat and Snapdeal. Moreover, Snapdeal is an Indian company which makes this confusion even more ridiculous. So remember it’s Snapchat, not Snapdeal.
4. What does the future hold?
Since no official statements have yet been made by the company and the CEO, the app is less likely to survive in India. More and more people are uninstalling the app and the reviews and ratings are increasingly degrading. If no proper statement is made soon enough, the company is likely to lose its base in India where about four million people use snapchat.