Amidst the ongoing backlash on Twitter regarding Snapchat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Evan Spiegel’s recent remark on expansion in India, the parent company ‘Snap’s’ attorneys rubbished claims while stating that no such remark was made.
Denying an employee’s claims of Snapchat being termed as a ‘rich people’s app’, the attorneys while lashing out at the former said he is a ‘disgruntled employee fired for poor performance’.
“The simple fact is that he knows exactly nothing about Snap’s current metrics. He and his lawyers are — not to put too fine a point on matters — just making things up,” said the attorneys, as reported by Variety.
The CEO had earlier while discussing the expansion plans in a meeting allegedly dismissed an employee’s concern of the slow growth rate of the app in India, stating that it was only meant for the ‘rich people’.
According to one of the employees, Spiegel had during a meeting said, “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
After reports of Spiegel’s alleged claims of Snapchat being a ‘rich people’s app’ surfaced, the Indian users took to Twitter to express their dissent over the comment, thus paving the way for widespread negativity.
Soon after Variety published the alleged comment, the app’s ratings on Google play store witnessed a sharp decline, a 4.4 to a 3.6 rating. Furthermore, the number of one-star rating by the users shot up from 39,102 to 192,906 in just 24 hours.