Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Snapchat CEO labels India as "too poor"

Snap Inc. CEO Allegedly Stated The App Is For I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain: Snapchat CEO
Edmund Wade | 17 April, 2017, 00:50

Chatting with our friends via pictures and uploading stories to show how incredible your day has been going.

Considering the rising mobile and internet penetration in India - which Internet and Mobile Association of India predicts to get doubled by 2020 - the Snapchat CEO's comment is trivializing the country's consumer base. "It's available worldwide to download for free", a Snap spokesperson, whose name was not revealed, told HuffPost India. The facts came out in public as part of a lawsuit filed by a former Snapchat employee a few days ago.

Obviously Spiegel's remarks on calling India "too poor" has enraged millions of Indians, most of whom have never used the app. Although the comment is unverified and Snapchat has gone on to deny the allegations, it didn't stop our netizens from going on a rampage - right from amusing tweets, to giving the app the worst reviews. With the hashtag #UninstallSnapchat, users in India are sharing the reasons why they're getting rid of the app.

However little did Spiegel know that India may not be poor but it is a strangely united country. However, the response from Snap.inc (the parent company of short video-clips-based social media platform) was, "This is ridiculous". However, not everyone seems to have received the memo that the outrage has to be directed towards Snapchat - for many are uninstalling ecommerce website Snapdeal's app instead!

Many users also explained how the two apps were different. Snapchat has also introduced a Stories feature, which the company introduced in 2013. "Thanks @Snapchat for Uniting us", a user tweeted.

Snapchat has 100 million daily active users and derives its primary growth from teens based out of the United States.

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