People in India have started #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat campaigns on Facebook and Twitter. But why?
A few days back, many posts on social media went viral which stated that the CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, said that his app was meant for rich people only and he didn’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.
After reading these posts, many people, including celebrities, started #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Photos and videos of people uninstalling the app and giving it 1-star rating on the Play Store and App store started appearing on social media. Now, we people get offended very easily. Without even checking the facts, we just started asking others to uninstall the app and rated it poorly to prove our Desh Bhakti. Some people even confused Snapchat with the e-commerce company Snapdeal and unleashed their anger on Snapdeal. Bad luck Snapdeal!
Instead of following the herd, let us look what really happened.
So, according to a report by the American news website, Variety, Snapchat’s ex-employee, Anthony Pompliano who is currently working at Facebook, said that he was in a meeting with Spiegel in 2015 where he proposed ideas for the application’s global outreach. At that moment, Spiegel told Pompliano that the app was meant for rich people only and not for poor countries like India and Spain.
The allegations are contained in Anthony Pompliano’s lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court in January. Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, however, however, rubbished all the allegations. The attorneys of Snap wrote, “The simple fact is that he knows exactly nothing about Snap’s current metrics. He and his lawyers are — not to put too fine a point on matters — just making things up.”
Now, many media houses used this to get those views on their pages and people just read the headlines and started uninstalling it. There is no proof that Spiegel actually said those things and it was just an allegation. Snapchat has denied this allegation and said that all the countries worldwide, including India, were very important to it.
I might be wrong but Pompliano is now working for Facebook and as we know Facebook is trying very hard to eliminate Snapchat from the market. Why has he come out now only, when Snapchat is done with its IPO and is trying to stay in the market even after the competition from Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp?
Indians might not be poor but what many of us did this week showed that some of us lack basic reasoning skills.
-by Info Bhandaar