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Snapchat users snub app after CEO's alleged 'poor country' remark

The logo of messaging app Snapchat is seen at a booth at TechFair LA, a technology job fair, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2017.

Over the weekend, Snapchat found itself in a full-blown PR crisis after CEO Evan Spiegel was accused of saying that the app was "only for rich people" and that he didn't "want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain".

Indian Twitter users have been calling for a boycott of the app with the hashtag #boycottsnapchat after Spiegel's alleged comments were revealed in a legal document last week in regards to a court case involving a former employee. It's available worldwide to download for free.

A campaign to #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat also began trending on Twitter on Sunday, while shares of Snap- the parent company of Snapchat -fell to their lowest level in almost a month on Monday.

Given the fact that "Snap Chat" and "Snap deal" share the common word "snap" in their titles, some of the Indian netizens who've made a decision to boycott photo-sharing app "Snap Chat" are uninstalling the e-commerce app out of confusion.

It was even rumored that Indian hackers retaliated by leaking 1.7 million Snapchat users' data on the "dark web", but these reports have not been verified. Snapdeal, an e-commerce platform that actually happens to be based in India, received a number of one-star ratings and many uninstalled the unrelated "snap app". He raised concerns with company executives that advertisers were being misled.

"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?" He is a senior at American University double majoring in International Studies and Philosophy with a focus on social justice in Latin America.


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