India is a rapidly growing market with Internet penetration expected to grow 2.5 times by 2020, with mobile leading the race but according to a report, the disparaging comment was made by the CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, allegedly during a meeting to discuss the growth of the app’s user base in 2015.
When an employee raised concern about the app’s slow growth in a market like India which has a growing mobile penetration, Spiegel cut the employee mid-sentence saying, “This app is only for rich people,” Spiegel said, Variety quoted the employee’s revelation. “I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Spiegel stormed out of the meeting after making this comment.
Snapchat had close to 4 million users in India last year. While though the exact user base is not available, this number is expected to have grown since then.
The details of the poor remarks were revealed in a lawsuit by filed by an ex-employee named Anthony Pompliano, Variety reported.
Pompliano, who was hired away from Facebook to increase the user base of Snapchat, was sacked barely three weeks after he joined the company.
The comments have invoked angry reactions from Indian users with some even threatening to quit the social platform.