India went on rants, when Snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegel called Indians, poor, and said, ‘this app is made only for Rich people.’
But, did he really say that?
Just because some portals published it, people went on strike, uninstalling the app and giving negative feedback on the Google Play app page, without doing a Fact check.
And this has been consistent, from the issue of internet.org to the intolerance issue of Aamir Khan, which depicts the fact that we lose our minds very early. Although, it’s a natural tendency, but we are wasting our nationalism on nothing, when we rant about these issues without cross checking the real situation.
So, what did Evan Spiegel actually say?
First, for those wondering if this incident took place recently? No, this incident occurred in the year 2015, at a meeting to discuss the user growth of Snapchat. During those times, India had a base of 4 Millions active users on Snapchat, before Instagram took over the market.
With such numbers on the page, what made Evan to yell India a Poor country to consider expansion?
Well, secondly, it was Anthony Pompliano, an ex-employee of Snapchat, who made these allegations in a law suit, which were released by Snapchat to public filing.
As per the report published by Variety, Pompliano demonstrated the concern for slow growth rate of App in countries like India, to which the Snapchat CEO abruptly cut off, and riposted, with allegedly saying that,
“This app is only for rich people, I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
The word alleged is highlighted, because this is what Evan said, according to Pompliano, there is no proof about the real statements made during the incident.
Anthony, who was recently been fired by the Facebook, has briefed his 3 week tenure at the company, in the law suit, where he mentioned how Snapchat exaggerates the user data and follows exploitative practices for expansion. But, everything said is alleged and it is yet to be claimed with proof.
#UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat makes sense, but only if you don’t do a fact check.
With the above hashtags trending all over Twitter and Facebook, it won’t make Snapchat lose their creative skills and develop some new features for the coming generations.
Snapchat is well known as the change makers, when it comes to social media. They have proposed some new features, which were then followed by Instagram and Whatsapp and in the coming days, it is for sure they will bring some redefined features that will get mind-blowing responses from users.
So, instead of wasting time in giving negative feedback for one alleged statement, which was said in a meeting in 2015, just enjoy sharing Snap stories with your friends.
Since, Snapchat is well known to not reveal their new projects, who knows they are preparing something cool for its snapchat users.