Snapchat controversy: A matter of “Nationalism” or “Self Introspection” ?


The recent Snapchat controversy is breaking all over the internet. It took a few minutes for people to react. Hashtags #UninstallSnapchat #BoycottSnapchat is trending on twitter but the sad thing is no one bothered to know what the whole controversy is about.

The particular statement which sparked the controversy was “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.” This statement was picked up from a law suit filed by Anthony Pompliano a former employee of Snapchat who “Claimed” CEO Evan Speigel said this. Snapchat in an official statement has denied any such comments made on behalf of their CEO.

This lawsuit was filed in January just a few months prior to the Snapchat’s IPO release (was sabotaging company’s image a motive for this lawsuit? I’ll say it is a possibility)

Also, even if Evan actually said this why are we focusing more on uninstalling Snapchat than to self introspect where we went wrong? We don’t pay for music, paying for mobile applications is a distant dream, even JIO prime membership percentage saw a huge dip when freebies on the network came to an end.
Take the example of Whatsapp. It is not free in other countries like in India.

Reason: Neeraj Arora, Vice-President of WhatsApp, said that it is not enforcing the fee here as there were several ecosystem issues such as low penetration of credit cards.

It was one mobile application which believes it is important for them to increase their user base and not care about profit at this point of time but their is another which believes not expanding in India because they won’t get the required return.

If a businessman believes India is not a good option to invest then there is some serious problem with our own country. Prime objective of every business is to generate more and more profit.

If we go by the statistics they prove the same “there are still 21.9% of the population who live below the national poverty line. According to Global Wealth Report 2016 compiled by Credit Suisse Research Institute, India is the second most unequal country in the world with the top one per cent of the population owning nearly 60% of the total wealth”.  The latest ranking of India in “Economic Freedom Index” India was ranked 143rd out of 186 economies in the annual Index of Economic Freedom 2017 that measures the degree of economic freedom in the countries of the world.

Post Script:

Condemning Snapchat is a personal choice. We can even protest outside Snapchat office or even chant “Mera Desh Mahan”, some “Nationalists” will also take it as a matter of pride and break into Snapchat’s office to mark their protest (A culture prevalent in India these days) but this doesn’t change the fact that we are still considered a third world nation. Instead of criticizing a “Businessman” we should focus on improving our own “Business Model” and Infrastructure.



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