Indian users upset over disparaging remarks allegedly made by Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel in 2015 kicked off #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat campaigns on Twitter, urging people to delete the app from their smartphones. The campaign began gathering steam earlier this week soon after the unredacted version of a lawsuit filed by a former employee was made public.
Indians are an easily-outraged lot. Months after e-commerce giant Amazon came under fire for selling doormats with an imprint of the tricolour, it is instant image messaging app Snapchat, the darling of millennials, that now faces the ire.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is the latest to have caused a furore on the Indian internet. After an ex-employee alleged that Spiegel had, in 2015, said that he wasn’t interested in expanding his company’s user base “to poor countries like India and Spain”, many Indians took to social media to bash the young billionaire and his company left, right and centre.
Many have uninstalled the app, while others continue to give it bad ratings and reviews. So much so that the app’s rating took a massive hit on Google Play Store.