Ire against Snapchat rose as a Variety report quoted an ex-employee, who Snap terms as ‘disgruntled’, alleging that CEO Evan Spiegel had dismissed India as a poor country in a business meeting back in 2015.
Snap has rubbished the claims of the ex-employee and had said that
“This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free.”
However, Indians took to social media against Spiegel and poured out their emotions under #boycottsnapchat. In fact, the app rating on the app stores took a hit.
According to the app info on the Apple App Store, the “Customer Ratings” of the current version of the app was “single star” (based on 6,099 ratings) and all versions rating was “one and half star” (based on 9,527 ratings) as on Sunday morning.
In retaliation to Snapchat CEO’s Evan Spiegel’s alleged uncomplimentary comments on the restrictive mushrooming of the app’s domain in India, Indian Anonymous Hacker group claim to have leaked data of 1.7 million users.
If the words of some anonymous hackers are to believed, they have just leaked database of 1.7 million Snapchat users, which they had hacked last year.
The report which is published in India Today gives a detailed insight into the hacking. According to the hackers, they had found vulnerability in Snapchat database last year and had siphoned details of 1.7 million users. Hackers leaked and made this data based available on the darknet to mark their resentment against company’s remark for India.
They have also threatened to carry out more intensive strikes against Snapchat till Evan doesn’t apologizes to India.
However Snapchat has denied these claims and says it hasn’t recorded any leaks or hack yet. It has also denied the accusations which have been levied on its CEO and termed them completely baseless. A Snapchat spokesperson said,
“This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free,” an international spokesperson of Snap said in a statement. “Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world.”
Don’t you think this is going too far on an alleged comment which happened years before?