Snapchat, the image messaging mobile app is on fire after one of its creator and the CEO, Evan Spiegel is said to have demerited India in a meeting.
Snapchat, which has about 4 million users in India, has called the allegations "ridiculous". We're inviting 250 to exhibit at TNW Conference and pitch on stage!
Snapchat, which has inspired Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram for widely popular stories feature has more than four million users in India.
Meanwhile, due to the confusion, hundreds of users started uninstalling Snapdeal app, thinking that the CEO of Snapdeal had made these statements about India being poor. Users initially slammed and trolled Spiegal for his alleged comments.
The alleged comments came to light last week when the company released a court complaint from former employee Anthony Pompliano.
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.
The then-25-year-old Spiegel reportedly responded to this with the aforementioned quote and stormed out of the presentation. "It's available worldwide to download for free", a spokesperson for Snapchat said in a statement to CNN. While many Indian Snapchat has started to make amusing meme's against Snapchat and Snapchat's CEO.
Hate mails and comments are viral on the social media. They decided to make it available on the Dark Web to mark their resentment against "arrogant" Spiegel's alleged reference to India as a "poor" country. The campaign began gathering steam earlier this week soon after the unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by a former employee was made public. He claims Snap labels him as incompetent; in his view, Spiegel wanted him fired for internally raising concerns about usage data. So much so that the app's rating took a massive hit on Google Play Store.
People walk past a Snap Inc. billboard with a logo in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, March 21, 2017.