Hackers Target Snapchat After CEO Calls India 'Poor Country'

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Hackers Target Snapchat After CEO Calls India 'Poor Country'

When he was asked about the app's slow growth in a market like India, he is reported to have said that the (Snapchat) app was "only for the rich people".

Spiegel's alleged comments about India, which Snap has called "ridiculous", came from a recently unredacted court complaint by Anthony Pompliano, who served as the company's growth lead for a few weeks in 2015 before being fired.

The statement emerged last week when documents were made public from a lawsuit by Pompliano against Snap, Snapchat's parent company. "It's available worldwide to download for free", they said.

Responding to the outrage that has followed in India, Snap's spokesperson shared with media, "Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone!"

Pompliano was sacked in 2015 after only three weeks at the company.

Spiegel's remarks caused an uproar in India where users are quickly uninstalling the Snapchat app.

"Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee".

Soon after Evan made this statement, a hashtag #boycottsnapchat started trending on Twitter urging users to uninstall the app. Adnan too took to Twitter and shared with his fans that he has done his bit.

In 2013, a different group of hackers released a database of what it claimed contained 4.6 million Snapchat users, revealing usernames and passwords. 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.

"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".

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