An ex-employee of Snapchat claimed that Snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegel, said in a meeting that “the app is only for rich people and he doesn’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
This statement was part of a lawsuit that Anthony Pompliano, an ex-Snap employee, filed against the company.
This callous remark created an outrage on the Internet, and many Snapchat users started boycotting this app.
— Diksha Verma (@DikshaaVerma) April 15, 2017
Phone memory was full, couldn’t figure out which app to uninstall but #Snapchat CEO just solved my problem.
— Gaurav Upadhyay (@gbupadhyay) April 15, 2017
Now, the latest development in this episode shows that these allegations were completely baseless, and it was a mere publicity stunt by an ex-employee. The Huffington Post contacted the Snap Inc, and their spokesperson stated,
This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free. Those were the words of a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world.
A detailed lawsuit was uploaded at Scribd, which also shows the other side of the story,
Moreover, the company also denied the allegation made by Pompliano that Snapchat is befooling its investors,
“Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did Snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano’s complaint. Snap will demonstrate as much at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum,”.