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Evan Spiegel's 'Poor India' Comment Makes Kishwer Merchantt, Suyyash Rai Delete Their Snapchat Account; Watch Video

Days after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's supposed disinterest in enlarging business to "poor countries" like India stirred up controversy on social media, Twitterati went in to a tizzy.

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Updated:April 18, 2017, 11:44 AM IST
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Evan Spiegel's 'Poor India' Comment Makes Kishwer Merchantt, Suyyash Rai Delete Their Snapchat Account; Watch Video
Image courtesy: Kishwer Merchant's Twitter account.
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Days after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's supposed disinterest in enlarging business to "poor countries" like India stirred up controversy on social media, Twitterati went in to a tizzy. Interestingly, several celebrities also took to social media to express their angst over Spiegel's contentious remarks.

Urvashi Rautela slammed Spiegel by talking about Modi’s demonetization move.

Popular singer Raftaar was quick to post his opinion on his official Twitter account.

And if the recent update is anything to go by, actors Kishwer Merchant and husband Suyyash Rai also took to Twitter to express their annoyance. The actors, just before deleting the app from their phone, put up the last video in which Rai explicitly mentions, "I guess we are too poor for it".

US-based news website Variety on Saturday quoted Snapchat's ex-employee Anthony Pompliano as saying that Spiegel in September 2015 told him that "the app is only for rich people. I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain".

But the company denied the remarks reports of which had resulted in the rating of the popular app dropping to a "single star" from an apparent "five star" on the App Store.

"The simple fact is that he (Pompliano) 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," Variety reported Snap's attorneys as saying.

Denying the claims of Snapchat being termed as a 'rich people's app', the attorneys termed Pompliano a "disgruntled employee fired for poor performance".

(With inputs from IANS)

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