A court complaint alleges that Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said in 2015 that he wants to avoid expanding Snapchat to “poor countries like India and Spain.”
Evan Spiegel, the CEO who helped start the popular social media app Snapchat, is taking heat for a new complaint that alleges Spiegel said Snapchat is “only for rich people.”
Snapchat maker Snap Inc. is denying that its CEO, Evan Spiegel, once said the app is “only for rich people” and that he doesn’t “want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
The quote, which Snap is calling “ridiculous,” came from a recently unredacted court complaint by Anthony Pompliano, who served as the company’s growth lead for a few weeks in 2015.
It’s the second time in recent months that a young Silicon Valley entrepreneur has drawn attention for controversial comments about his app’s growth. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick did damage control after a driver shared video of Kalanick arguing over falling fares for drivers.
Indians, upset with Spiegel’s dismissal of their country, left bad reviews of Snapchat in the Apple App Store over the weekend.
Spiegel’s episode shows the perils of insulting a fast-growing country with 1.2 billion people.
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