Alleged 'poor India' remarks by Snapchat's CEO provokes outrage

A woman stands in front of the logo of Snap Inc. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange while waiting for Snap Inc. to post their IPO in New York City

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel might want to tone down his comments while discussing the target demographic for his app.

Unsurprisingly, the comments have gone down like a bag of stale rice across Spain and India, leading to the rise of the #BoycottSnapchat hashtag. "It's available worldwide to download for free", they said.

The critical remarks about the company by Pompliano stem from his lawsuit in which he claimed he was sacked from his position after he questioned Snapchat's internal methods for calculating daily active users.

The claims emerged last week when documents were made public from a lawsuit by Pompliano against Snapchat's parent company, Snap.

In fact, people have already made YouTube videos on the issue, proclaiming how Mukesh Ambani's net worth is much more than Snap and how he can buy the company easily if he wishes to.

Responding to the outrage that has followed in India, Snap's spokesperson shared with media, "Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone!"

"Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee".

India has one of the highest number of mobile Internet users in the world and it is projected to cross the 300 million mark by 2017, said report by Internet and Mobile Association of India.

"We're building tools to give people the power to share what they want", he said.

A group of hackers in India claims it has siphoned the private information of 1.7 Snapchat users and leaked it on the darknet, payback for Spiegel's "arrogance". Security experts are unsure whether the user details posted to the dark web are a result of a direct breach of Snapchat's databases.

Snap Inc. has responded to the allegations in a statement, saying "Snapchat is for everyone!"

"This rather looks like a fake database compiled from previously leaked databases, such as LinkedIN, or a minor data breach from a particular Snapchat server or employee's device".

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