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People in India are angry at Snapchat but they are boycotting the wrong app

Snapchat is making headlines again, this time after alleged comments by CEO Evan Spiegel that the app is “only for rich people” and that he didn’t “want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” While Snap Inc. has dismissed the allegations, people in India are deleting the app and leaving 1 star reviews on the App Store. The only problem is that some of the people protesting Snapchat have attacked Snapdeal, an Amazon- or Flipkart-like store which has nothing to do with Snapchat.

 

In the meantime on Twitter…

Twitter naturally has become the main avenue for witty comments and trolling those who mistakenly mocked Snapdeal instead of Snapchat

 

In the meantime on Snapchat

Some of the people who can indeed differentiate Snapdeal from Snapchat, decided to let their frustrations and anger out by commenting on Instagram photos of Miranda Kerr, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel’s fiancee and a world-famous top model.

 

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Image: screenshots of Miranda Kerr’s Instagram account comments by http://indianexpress.com/

 

Some of the model’s fans jumped in to defend Miranda Kerr and apologized on behalf of those who ‘misrepresented India’ by leaving derogatory comments:

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Image: Miranda Kerr’s Instagram

 

In the meantime in court…

The claim about Evan Spiegel’s comments about India and Spain comes from Anthony Pompliano, who worked at Snapchat as a growth lead for a few weeks in 2015.

In a statement for Business Insider, Snapchat representative said: “This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free. Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world.”

The unedited copy of Snap Inc.’s response to Anthony Pompiliano’s allegations is available here.

 

Inna Semenyuk

Inna Semenyuk

Marketing strategist, speaker and content creator, Inna, or @innavation on social media, runs InnavationLabs marketing consultancy in San Francisco and helps their brands tell their story. She set up Snapchat Daily to share all things Snapchat for business. Inna has a journalism degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MBA from Imperial College London. She is also Singularity University alumna, ambassador and San Francisco Chapter lead.
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