Snapchat is recently into long chats after the news of Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel claiming, “This app is only for rich people… I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” Soon after this, people began the new trend #uninstallSnapchat. Soon after this news, the ratings of Snapchat saw a decline to 1 star rating.
But the truth is something else. The way Evan is being portrayed is completely wrong. In the year 2015, he made a statement, Snapchat is not an app for poor countries, a country where people are using lower-end mobile handsets, and also do not have high-end connectivity at all the times. Further in the statement, he also talked about India and Spain in the context.
He statement was “In addition, because our products typically require high bandwidth data capabilities, the majority of our users live in countries with high-end mobile device penetration and high bandwidth capacity cellular networks with large coverage areas. We therefore do not expect to experience rapid user growth or engagement in countries with low smartphone penetration even if such countries have well-established and high bandwidth capacity cellular networks. We may also not experience rapid user growth or engagement in countries where, even though smartphone penetration is high, due to the lack of sufficient cellular based data networks, consumers rely heavily on Wi-Fi and may not access our products regularly.”
He speaking that “India is a poor country” is just a misunderstanding. He never spoke India is poor in context it is made but he spoke in the context of “number fudging”.
There are no proofs, which make it clear that Evan ever made such a statement.