Snapchat rubbishes reports that CEO Evan Spiegel called India 'poor country'

16 April 2017, 09:01 PM
 A file photo of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
A file photo of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.

Snapchat has come out in full defence over the claims made by a former employee who had alleged that the social media company's CEO Evan Spiegel was not interested in expanding the business to "poor countries" like India and Spain. 

The alleged comment by the Snapchat CEO went viral and had serious ramifications in the country as the app's rating plunged to 'one star' on the App store. 

According to the Variety report, former employee Anthony Pompliano, who was fired by Snapchat, claimed Spiegel told him this during a meeting in 2015. 

“This app is only for rich people,” Spiegel said, according to Pompliano. “I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” 

"Plaintiff Anthony Pompliano's latest move confirms that this litigation is just one big publicity stunt for him," said Snap.inc. 

"Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did Snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano's," added the report. 

Read | Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's comments on India sparks row, company rubbishes ex-employee's allegations

First Published: Sunday, April 16, 2017 07:16 PM

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