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19.04.2017

“Poor users” took offense at Snapchat

Snapchat is at a center of a scandal, a developer of the eponymous popular application designed to exchange messages with photos and videos attached. Ex-employee of the company Anthony Pompliano has instigated a lawsuit against the company. He moved over from Facebook to Snapchat but was fired in just three weeks; now he’s willing to prove it was an unfair decision and at the same time he wants to make things lively for his former bosses. Speaking in the court in Los Angeles, Pompliano talked of a very unpleasant incident. According to him, he was making a presentation and talking about Snapchat’s distribution prospects on foreign markets, when the head of the company Evan Spiegel interrupted him saying: “This app is only for rich people. I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain”.

When mass media published this quote it caused a very pained reaction from users. On Twitter, people called to boycott Snapchat; hashtags #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat are quickly becoming popular. Unknown Indian hackers decided to take revenge on the offender. They announced that they stole personal data of 1.7 million Snapchat users and posted it online.

The company obviously denies the hack and words attributed to Evan Spiegel. Official spokesperson at Snapchat called the accusations ridiculous pointing out that the app is distributed for free, which means that it is obviously for all users without exception, not just the rich ones. However, the scandal did affect Snapchat’s reputation. App’s rating on Apple Store fell from five stars to one in India. Considering that there are at least 300 million users of the app in this country further boycott actions might be quite painful.


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“Poor users” took offense at Snapchat