Stand up comedians and bloggers in India are really rich, if Snapchat’s CEO is to be believed

If you are hooked onto the Make Up Didi avatar on Instagram comedian Mallika Dua or Tanmay Bhat or follow the bloggers who regularly post updates on Snapchat, you would know the craze better. Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel who is currently fighting a high voltage law suit filed by his ex employee had once said, he would never take Snapchat to India because it’s a poor country.

The now-public details of ex employee Pompliano's tumultuous, three-week tenure at Snap include allegations that the company lied about having 100 million daily active users in 2015 and inflated other user metrics. His complaint also describes multiple interactions with Snap leadership, including a meeting in which CEO Evan Spiegel allegedly said that the app is "only for rich people."

Evan Spiegel and other executives allegedly boasted that 87% of users completed the app's registration process, but the data showed the real number to be less than 40%, according to Pompliano.

Pompliano said he proposed ideas about adding users in international markets that already heavily used other social networks, like Spain and India. "This app is only for rich people," Spiegel allegedly responded. "I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain."

According to unverified reports, Snapchat had close to 4 million users in India last year.


Variety reports Pompliano , who was hired from Facebook to increase the company's user base, was fired by Snapchat later.