26-Sep-2017

Facebook is for all: Mark Zuckerburg takes a swipe at Snapchat

CALIFORNIA April 20: Facebook does innovation to serve “everyone” in the community and not just the “high end”, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said in an apparent swipe at Snapchat boss’ reported “poor countries” remark that triggered a controversy in India.
 
“I think one thing that people probably don't think about as much as we do is innovation to serve everyone in the community, not just the high end, right?” Mr Zuckerberg told Tech Crunch on the sidelines of the annual Facebook Developer Conference (F8) at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on Wednesday.
 
When asked about the perception of Facebook being less innovative, Mr Zuckerberg said, “I guess I’m not that worried about that. I mean, I feel like we do different kinds of work in different areas. I mean, I think certainly, no one who looks at the solar-powered planes that we're building or the satellites that were making, and thinks that that stuff isn’t interesting.”
 
Mr Zuckerbeg said the company  focuses on a lot of things like Facebook Lite. “It’s up to 200 million people in like a year... I tend to worry more and think more about the substance of what our community actually wants,” Tech Crunch reported.
 
Snapchat is strongly denying allegations by a former employee Anthony Pompliano, who had alleged in a lawsuit that CEO Evan Spiegel had once shot down his suggestion to pursue growth in certain international markets.
 
Mr Pompliano had alleged Mr Spiegel said Snapchat is “only for rich people” and that he didn’t want to “expand into poor countries like India and Spain. The company, however, denied the allegation  after Indian users started uninstalling the app.