Did The Truth Hit Indians Too Hard? Snapchat CEO Under Fire


The whole of India seems to be up in arms against Evan Spiegel, CEO Snapchat, for allegedly calling India a poor country.

The comment made by Evan back in 2015, went viral after the case papers of a litigation filed against Snapchat by an ex-employee were leaked on social media. As per global rankings, India stands 64th among the poorest countries of the world. With a population of over 1.2 billion, poverty in India is a real issue. So it does not sound very strange when a businessman decides about the expansion of his business in different parts of the world based on the country’s economic capability.

But the Twitter-loving and social media crazy population of India decided that this was the right moment to show their true nationalism and patriotism (which they have been doing too often in recent times) and to give fire to the whole issue by starting campaigns like #BoycottSnapchat and #uninstallSnapchat.

The holier than thou statuses of Indians across the world challenging the comment made by the CEO of Snapchat represents the minority urban liberal population, deluded by the notion that unless it affects them directly, poverty is not real. Why, in India itself, people having businesses in the richest states avoid poorer states of India claiming economic difficulties and lack of customers due to their inability to afford a product or service.

Yes, I agree that it doesn’t sound very nice when someone points it out too blandly that you belong to a poor country. But the point is that we need to work towards making our country better rather than trolling a man who owns a business in one of the 15 richest countries in the world.

And I am sure within a few days of this hullabaloo, the people who are crying foul shall be sneaking back to their Snapchat accounts (because they just cannot live without the constant social media approval) or if they are smart or capable enough, creating an app which can give competition to Snapchat big time!

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Did The Truth Hit Indians Too Hard? Snapchat CEO Under Fire

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