The mobile phone app Snapchat is facing a boycott after allegations that the company's founder dismissed "poor countries like India" as targets for expansion and said its software was "only for rich people".
Snap Inc, the maker of the application Snapchat has been grabbing headlines as remarks allegedly made by the company's CEO, Evan Spiegel has hurt sentiments of increasingly sensitive Indians.
Unsurprisingly, the comments have gone down like a bag of stale rice across Spain and India, leading to the rise of the #BoycottSnapchat hashtag.
Snap points out that its Snapchat app is a free download, available to everybody. The ex-employee, Anthony Pompliano, was sacked in 2015 after only three weeks at the company. "Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone".
"Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee".
Reportedly, nearly 400,000 users in India deleted the Snapchat app from their phones between Saturday and Sunday.More news: Russian Federation relations at 'may be at an all-time low,' Trump says
A campaign to #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat also began trending on Twitter on Sunday, while shares of Snap- the parent company of Snapchat -fell to their lowest level in almost a month on Monday. Angry Twitter users proceeded to share screenshots of them uninstalling the messaging app.
It was even rumored that Indian hackers retaliated by leaking 1.7 million Snapchat users' data on the "dark web", but these reports have not been verified. In the complaint, Pompliano describes an exchange he alleges he had with Spiegel during a September 2015 meeting about the app's global growth plans.
The comments were first reported in Variety magazine, which says the allegations were contained in a lawsuit brought against Snapchat by Mr Pompliano.
"We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world", the statement read.
"This rather looks like a fake database compiled from previously leaked databases, such as LinkedIN, or a minor data breach from a particular Snapchat server or employee's device".