Snapchat users snub app after CEO's alleged 'poor country' remark

The accusations were found in documents from a lawsuit between Pompliano and Snap Inc., Snapchat's parent company. Not only did Indians take to uninstalling the Snapchat app as well as leave bad reviews, an e-commerce site based in India, Snapdeal was targeted too, perhaps for sharing a similar name.

According to Variety magazine Snapchat has previously argued that Pompliano's suit contained "trade secrets that could damage the company and help its competitors".

Facebook does innovation to serve "everyone" in the community and not just the "high end", its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said in an apparent swipe at the Snapchat boss' reported "poor countries" remark that triggered a controversy in India. Snapchat was forced to respond that it's "for everyone" after a lawsuit claimed Spiegel had said the app was "only for rich people".

Responding to the outrage that has followed in India, Snap's spokesperson shared with media, "Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone!" Anthony Pompilano, the ex-employee in question, had revealed the conversation with Spiegel from September 2015 where global growth plans for the app were being discussed.

In a statement Snap said: "Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee". Thousands of miffed users uninstalled the multimedia mobile app dropping the rating to "one-star".

In 2013, a different group of hackers released a database of what it claimed contained 4.6 million Snapchat users, revealing usernames and passwords. In the complaint, Pompliano describes an exchange he alleges he had with Spiegel during a September 2015 meeting about the app's worldwide growth plans.

Related News: