It wasn’t a great Sunday for Snapchat, just a day after news broke that company CEO Evan Spiegel had allegedly shown disinterest in expanding the social app’s business in “poor countries” like India.
Now, the company’s facing backlash in the form of Snapchat’s app rating dropping down to as low as “one star” in recent reviews left by users on Google’s Play Store.
According to the app info on the app store, the “Customer Ratings” of the current version of the app was “single star” (based on 6,099 ratings) and all versions rating was “one and half star” (based on 9,527 ratings) as on Sunday morning. The rating for the app on Android Play Store was “four star” (based on 11,932,996 ratings).
Online users turned on Snapchat as soon as a report from US-based news website Variety on Saturday quoted Snapchat’s ex-employee Anthony Pompliano as saying that company CEO Evan 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”.
As expected, this got a lot of Indians angry and many took to social media to lash out at the alleged statement from the Snapchat CEO. As the ratings of the app dropped, the criticism of the CEO and the app increased.