So the rage is all about a comment. But what exactly happened?
A former Snapchat employee, Anthony Pompliano, alleged that in a 2015 meeting, Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap Inc. commented, “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
It has been over a week since the comment was made public. You’d think the fire would have died down by now but it’s anything but that!
From hackers to celebrities, everyone is now involved and it has snowballed to extremities.
Here’s what all has happened since;
- Indians everywhere have given a single-star rating to Snapchat on the Play Store and App Store and deleted the app in protest.
- Indian Hackers have leaked the data of 1.7 million Snapchat Users that were hacked last year due to a bug in the features to prove that India will do anything but stand aside and watch.
- Snap Inc. has published an official statement on the portal YourStory.com denying the claims of the alleged comment and the leaking of User Data.
- Indians on Twitter have gone all out. The hashtags #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat have been trending and going viral.
- Indian Celebrities have had a mixed response. Where some refuse to comment on the matter others don’t even know about the issue. While some celebrities like Alia Bhatt have come to Spiegel’s defense and said ‘I don’t think he has said anything like that’.
- Certain Twitter users have come up with hilarious memes and jokes while some have downright accepted the statement and asked other Indians to not get offended by harsh truths.
- According to a report in Forbes, Instagram has surpassed Snapchat in daily active users of the ‘stories’ feature.
In conclusion, Spiegel might or might not have made the comment but one thing is for sure, when the topic of Indian Poverty is discussed by a white man, Indians will not stand back and watch. We can do anything from playing a cricket match to deleting an app!
Author: Zainab Haji