New Delhi, April 16: Snapchat has denied a former employee's claim alleging that CEO Evan Spiegel in 2015 had said, "This app is only for rich people...I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain".
Responding to the claim, Snapchat said, "This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It's available worldwide to download for free."
Anthony Pompliano, who was fired by Snapchat, claimed Spiegel told him this during a meeting in 2015.
"Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did Snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano’s complaint. Snap will demonstrate as much at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum,” Snapchat wrote in its notice filed with the court.
Pompliano, a former Facebook employee, said he was in a meeting with the CEO to discuss overseas growth of the app. He claimed he was abruptly cut off by Spiegel as he tried to propose new ideas to drive growth from developing countries.
The allegations are contained in Pompliano’s lawsuit, filed in redacted form in LA Superior Court in January. On Monday, Snap Inc. — the parent company of Snapchat — dropped its efforts to keep the un-redacted complaint under seal and released it in a public filing.
Pompliano’s suit tells a story of his brief, three-week tenure at Snapchat, during which he says he learned that the company had inflated its user data and that top executives were “completely misinformed” about key metrics.
Snap had filed a counter complaint and described the employee as “disgruntled”, only to later drop the complaint. Pompliano has accused Snap of data analytics inefficiency.
Pompliano also alleged that Snap executives spoke ill of him to other prospective employers, making it difficult for him to find work. He has also claimed that Snap sought to violate his confidentiality agreement with Facebook by improperly asking him for a detailed Facebook org chart, a request he says he refused.
Meanwhile, Snapchat users in India have been deleting the app since learning about a comment allegedly made by Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel in 2015.
Now that users in the market Spiegel allegedly insulted are hearing about his comments, they're deleting the app. With the hashtag #UninstallSnapchat, users in India are sharing the reasons why they're getting rid of the app.