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Spanish are 'too poor' for Snapchat

Spanish are 'too poor' for Snapchat”

Pompliano alleged that Spiegel said Snapchat is "only for rich people" and that he didn't want to "expand into poor countries like India and Spain".

A group of hackers in India have published the personal details of what it claims are 1.7 million Snapchat users, after the company's CEO allegedly called the country "poor".

The comments have caused a major furor in India, with thousands of Indians down-rating the app on online stores and uninstalling it.

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. The founder of Snapdeal had to take to Twitter to explain that it is a different company which has no association with Spiegel's alleged remarks.

"Obviously Snapchat is for everyone!" Anthony Pompilano, the ex-employee in question, had revealed the conversation with Spiegel from September 2015 where worldwide growth plans for the app were being discussed.

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Snap points out that its Snapchat app is a free download, available to everybody.

After the alleged comments from Spiegel appeared in Variety, hackers in India, as yet unidentified, took the disparaging remarks personally and in an apparent act of revenge claimed to have posted personal details of 1.7 million Snapchat users online, according to a report on United Kingdom site Independent.

"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?"

Pompliano's lawsuit accuses executives of exaggerating user data to mislead advertisers.



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