A story about Snapchat on Variety from last week highlighted an alleged comment made by CEO Evan Spiegel: “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”
Spiegel’s alleged remark was recounted by ex-employee Anthony Pompliano in a lawsuit over the company’s misconduct with him, with incidents dating back to 2015. While the company has rubbished the claim, calling it ‘ridiculous’, the backlash from Indian mobile users has affected not only Snapchat’s ratings, but also those of a similarly named ecommerce app – Snapdeal.
Snapdeal, which runs an online store with a wide range of products, similar to Amazon and Flipkart, has been receiving 1-star ratings on its Android and iOS apps since the Variety story began doing the rounds: it looks like people are mistaking the company for Snapchat.