Hackers Target Snapchat After CEO Calls India 'Poor Country'

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"We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world", Snap said in a statement.

The claims emerged last week when documents were made public from a lawsuit by Pompliano against Snapchat's parent company, Snap.

Recently, Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, allegedly made a shockingly disparaging statement about India during a meeting in order to discuss the growth of the app's user base. The company described Pompliano as a "disgruntled employee fired for poor performance", reported Variety.

Snap points out that its Snapchat app is a free download, available to everybody.

Indians have left scathing online reviews of Snapchat's app and called for a boycott.

Hashtags like #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat were trending on social media sites such as Twitter a few days ago after news reports of Spiegel being quoted on his exchange with the former employee surfaced.

San Francisco: In an apparent reaction to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's purported disinterest in expanding business to "poor countries" like India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is for everyone and not just for "the high end". Now, the Anonymous Indian hacker group has reportedly claimed to leak the database of 1.7 million Snapchat users.

"This app is only for rich people", he said.

This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! Anybody can make an account on social media and post incendiary comments.

The logo of messaging app Snapchat is seen at a booth at TechFair LA, a technology job fair, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26.

Pompliano's lawsuit accuses executives of exaggerating user data to mislead advertisers.

Also, at a time, when gender diversity is becoming a corporate norm, a new study reveals that most women professionals in India don't consider their workplaces women friendly.



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