It all began when a former Snapchat employee was quoted in a media report saying the Chief Executive Officer wasn't interested in expanding Snapchat's business to "poor countries" like India.
In that lawsuit, Pompliano, who only spent three weeks with Snap, says the he raised concerns in a meeting about the app's growth outside the USA, per Variety.
A spokesperson for Snap Inc., which is the registered name of the company that owns Snapchat, said that this allegation is "ridiculous", adding that "Obviously Snapchat is for everyone!" We're inviting 250 to exhibit at TNW Conference and pitch on stage!
Some users mistook SnapDeal, a Delhi-based e-commerce company, for Snapchat and started giving it bad-reviews on app stores.
The comments came to light after former employee Anthony Pompliano filed a lawsuit in January alleging that the app falsified its user metrics.
That may not be enough to pacify Indians who are feeling so insulted that they can't even correctly identify the app they're enraged by. Thousands have reportedly uninstalled the app already. Hashtags like #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat were trending through the weekend, and the ratings for the app took a hit on both Play Store and iTunes. Shares of Snap have fallen 26 percent from their highest closing price following the public listing, and they remain up 17 percent from the company's $17 IPO price.
It is here that Spiegel is alleged to have said, "This app is only for rich people".
The comment was allegedly made in response to Pompliano's suggestion that the app could have growth potential in places like India and Spain. He claims Snap labels him as incompetent; in his view, Spiegel wanted him fired for internally raising concerns about usage data.
Amidst the ongoing backlash on Twitter regarding Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's recent remark on expansion in India, the parent company "Snap's" attorneys rubbished claims while stating that no such remark was made.