Zuckerberg takes a jab at Snapchat, says Facebook is for all

Kristi Paul
April 19, 2017

According to recent reports, Snapchat has strongly refuted the allegations made by their former employee Anthony Pompliano who claims that its CEO Evan Spiegel made a statement that the app is only for rich people and not for poor countries like India and Spain.

Facebook does innovation to serve "everyone" in the community and not just the "high end", its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said in an apparent swipe at Snapchat boss' reported "poor countries" remark that triggered a controversy in India. In the document, Pompliaono, who was the company's growth lead for a few weeks in 2015, recounts a September 2015 meeting he had with the CEO regarding Snapchat's global growth plans.

The accusations were found in documents from a lawsuit between Pompliano and Snap Inc., Snapchat's parent company.

Snap has dismissed the claims as a publicity stunt. "It's available worldwide to download for free", a spokesperson for Snapchat said in a statement to CNN. This has led to some in India, where it has around four million users, boycotting the app. Snapchat called the claims "ridiculous". "This app is only for rich people", Spiegel is alleged to have said.

In spite of the denial, angry Snapchat users took to the internet.

Nonetheless, the news sparked outrage in India, which saw the hashtag #BoycottSnapchat trending on Twitter.

Snapchat is popular among people under 30 for applying bunny faces and vomiting rainbows onto selfies, but many investors are critical of its slowing user growth. According to The Economic Times, thousands of Indians are mistakenly deleting the app of e-commerce giant Snapdeal rather than Snapchat. He is a senior at American University double majoring in International Studies and Philosophy with a focus on social justice in Latin America.

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