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After the American news website, Variety, quoted former Snapchat employee, Anthony Pompliano, saying that the social media company's Chief Executive Officer, Evan Spiegel, was disinterested to expand the business to "poor countries" like India and that the popular app is “only for rich people”, Bollywood has taken to Twitter to opine on the matter.
Anupam Kher, Bipasha Basu, Urvashi Rautela and Sophie Choudry tweeted their opinions, while rapper Raftaar deleted the app and tweeted a screenshot on his social handle.
Rich or poor, we can always the power to snap a chat.:)— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) April 16, 2017
Was not on it anyways! Very sad to speak like this in today's day and age. https://t.co/SzZpFIODjz— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) April 16, 2017
After the report breakthrough, Snapchat faced heavy
backlash from users and #UninstalSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat started trending
According to the Variety report, Mr Pompliano - who has also worked at tech giant Facebook - was in a meeting with the Snapchat CEO to discuss and propose ideas for global outreach and growth of the application when he was "abruptly" interrupted by Mr Spiegel.
"The app is only for rich people. I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain," Mr Spiegel reportedly told Mr Pompliano.
These allegations are contained in Mr Pompliano's lawsuit, filed at a US court in January. According to the lawsuit, the former employee also claims that Snapchat inflated user data and "completely misinformed about key metrics".
A while back, Snapchat has rubbished the allegations, according to various reports. "The simple fact is that he (Mr Pompliano) knows nothing about Snap's current metric," Variety quoted the company's attorneys as saying.
Mr Spiegel, just for your information, India is one of the fastest growing Internet markets in the world.
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