An ex Snap employee claimed that the company CEO said some unsavory things about Indian users of Snapchat. It was alleged that Evan Spiegel called India a “poor country” and specified that the app was only meant for the “rich people”. While we don’t know for sure if these words were actually said by the CEO or if it’s merely the work of fiction by a disgruntled employee, there has been widespread social media outrage regarding the issue.
Following social media campaigns like #BoycottSnapchat and #Uninstall_Snapchat, the Indian Anonymous hacker group has revealed that they have shared 1.7 million user data on the dark web. These hackers apparently had the accounts last year, and are only publishing them now following the reports about the alleged comments by the CEO. Snapchat is yet to confirm the data breach, so one can’t be sure if the claims made by the hacker group are legitimate.
In the meanwhile, Snapchat has denied the allegations of elitism by saying, “This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free.”
It’s pretty clear that there’s been a lot said and done over an allegation. Given how news (or fiction) spreads around social media, we’re not surprised with the amount of traction this particular report has received. Hot on the heels of the trending social media campaign, users have made sure that Snapchat receives poor ratings on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.