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16th Apr 2017

Snapchat deny claims their CEO made incredibly disparaging remarks about India and Spain

Conor Heneghan

The hashtags #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat have featured prominently on Twitter this week.

Snapchat have denied claims from a former Snapchat employee that CEO Evan Spiegel made disparaging remarks about India and Spain during the course of a meeting two years ago.

According to Variety, former employee Anthony Pompliano, who had just been hired from Facebook at the time, alleged that, during a meeting about user growth in September 2015, Spiegel said: “This app (Snapchat) is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”

Pompliano’s comments appeared in a lawsuit filed in redacted form in L.A. Superior Court in January, a lawsuit that Snapchat had initially kept under wraps but dropped their efforts to do so on Monday, saying they had “nothing to hide”.

Pompliano’s claims about the comments made by Spiegel in relation to Spain and India are amongst a number of damaging allegations in the lawsuit, which also claims that Snapchat exaggerated user data and that the company were “completely misinformed” about user metrics.

Snapchat has denied that Spiegel made the comments and dismissed the claims made about the company in a lawsuit.

“The simple fact is that he (Mr Pompliano) knows nothing about Snap’s current metric,” the company’s attorneys claimed.

“He and his lawyers are — not to put too fine a point on matters — just making things up.”

Pompliano himself was described as a “disgruntled employee fired for poor performance”.

Despite Snapchat’s dismissal of Pompliano’s claims, they have still had a wide-reaching effect, with users in India boycotting the app and the hashtags #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat featuring prominently on Twitter this week.