Hackers Target Snapchat After CEO Calls India 'Poor Country'


Snapchat is trying to put out a PR firestorm in India.

The mobile phone app Snapchat is facing a boycott after allegations that the company's founder dismissed "poor countries like India" as targets for expansion and said its software was "only for rich people".

Here's how Twitterati has reacted to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's comment calling India poor. Among a litany of allegations against Snap, Pompliano says that CEO Evan Spiegel once shot down his suggestion to pursue growth in certain worldwide markets.

"This is ridiculous", a spokesperson at Snapchat said in a statement.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel might want to tone down his comments while discussing the target demographic for his app.

Hashtags like #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat were trending on social media sites such as Twitter a few days ago after news reports of Spiegel being quoted on his exchange with the former employee surfaced.

"Obviously Snapchat is for everyone!"

"Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee".

"I think one thing that people probably don't think about as much as we do is innovation to serve everyone in the community, not just the high end, right?", Zuckerberg told Tech Crunch on the sidelines of the annual Facebook Developer Conference (F8) at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California yesterday.

While Zuckerberg acknowledges that some of Facebook's camera features do look a lot like Snapchat's, his company is investing heavily in apps like the 200 million user-strong Facebook Lite, which makes the service more accessible to people in emerging markets with slow internet connections.

Meanwhile, quite unfortunately, stuck in the crossfire was Indian-based e-commerce company Snapdeal, as users mistook Snapdeal for Snapchat.