Snap Inc. has denied that CEO Evan Spiegel stated that Snapchat was “only for rich people” and he didn’t “want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Business Insider reports that a court complaint from the former Snapchat Growth Lead Anthony Pompliano claims that Snap Inc.’s CEO Evan Spiegel stated while discussing the Snapchat app’s international growth plan, “This app is only for rich people,” and “I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” Following the publishing of the quote, Snapchat’s app ratings have declined.
Some users took to Twitter to express their anger over the alleged comment,
The scale of anger against India is so high in the Valley that many Kashmiris have installed @Snapchat because its CEO 'insulted' poor India
— جہانگیر علی (@Gaamuk) April 16, 2017
— Shreyas Singh (@Shreyas_singh1) April 15, 2017
On Sunday, a representative of Snap, Inc. told Business Insider “This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free. Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world.”