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In jab at Snapchat, Mark Zuckerberg says their innovation is for everyone

20 April 2017

In the document, Pompliaono, who was the company's growth lead for a few weeks in 2015, recounts a September 2015 meeting he had with the CEO regarding Snapchat's worldwide growth plans. The founder of Snapdeal had to take to Twitter to explain that it is a different company which has no association with Spiegel's alleged remarks.

The comments, allegedly made by Evan Spiegel, 26, Snapchat's billionaire chief executive, at a meeting in 2015 and revealed in a continuing lawsuit against the company, have provoked indignation across India.

Twitter users also used the hashtag #1star to encourage others to damage the app's rating and write scathing reviews on both Android and iOS-as of today, Snapchat has a one star rating on the Indian App Store. For those who have been living under a rock, Snapchat and its CEO Evan Spiegel are now facing the heat from angry Indians thanks to report which said that back in 2015, the Snapchat CEO dismissed India as a poor market.

Snapchat says claims that it doesn't want to expand into "poor" countries are "ridiculous".

"Obviously Snapchat is for everyone!" a spokesman told Newsbeat.

It's subtle, but Zuckerberg is very likely alluding to Snapchat's reputation as an app for the affluent, especially in the wake of the India scandal.

In a statement Snap said: "Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee".

It was even rumored that Indian hackers retaliated by leaking 1.7 million Snapchat users' data on the "dark web", but these reports have not been verified.

"We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world", the statement read.