While Snapchat's CEO allegedly called India 'poor', an Uber official said "folks were rather locked up at home,” before their app.

Too poor used to be locked at home Snapchat and Uber get slammed for comments on India
Social News Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 09:15

Two major companies drew flak from Indians on social media on Saturday, after certain comments made by them, did not go down too well.

In the first incident, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, reportedly said that the app was "only for rich countries" and added that he did not want to "expand into poor countries like India and Spain."

Variety reported that Spiegel allegedly made those comments after an ex-employee brought up the app's performance in the two countries, during a meeting. 

The former employee, Anthony Pompliano, has now filed a detailed lawsuit against the company, where he has made the claim.

Anthony has also accused the company of inflating statistics, to mislead investors.

According to reports, Snapchat had close to 4 million users in India last year, compared to 200 million users of Whatsapp in the country.

Many took to Twitter, and other social media platforms, to outrage. 

Many also used the hashtags #boycottsnapchat and #uninstallsnapchat, to make their point. 

Meanwhile, Christian Freese, the general manager for Uber’s Bangalore office, also drew ire, after he said that "folks were rather locked up at home,” before Uber.

Speaking to New York Times, Freese went on to add, “Now you can see people go out, especially on the weekend. You just press a button and the car is there.”

This comment too, did not go down too well with Indians.



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