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Miranda Kerr's fiance Evan Spiegel facing backlash over alleged 'poor countries' remarks

The Snapchat CEO is facing the ire of the internet after he was accused of disinterest in expanding the social app in "poor countries".

Evan Spiegel, Miranda Kerr

Evan Spiegel, the Snapchat CEO and future hubby to Australian model Miranda Kerr, has hit headlines after allegations he said that the app is is “only for rich people” and that he doesn’t “want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”

The comments surfaced after details from a complaint made by one of his former employee Anthony Pompliano in 2015 were made public.

At the time, Anthony suggested to Evan that they could expand their user base to India and Spain.

“Spiegel abruptly cut in and said, ‘This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain,’” the comments in the suit read.

“Spiegel would not entertain any further discussion on the matter.”

Snapchat have since responded to the allegations, releasing a statement, "Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It's available worldwide to download for free."

"Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world."

Miranda is very proud of Evan and his business, saying, "He's a private guy. He's very mysterious. And he's very in the moment. And that's exactly what his brand represents."
Miranda is very proud of Evan and his business, saying, "He's a private guy. He's very mysterious. And he's very in the moment. And that's exactly what his brand represents."

Unsurprisingly, the alleged comments have got a lot of people fired up online - with many users taking to social media to get the hashtag "BoycottSnapchat" trending worldwide.

What's more, the app's rating has also taken a hit after some users left one-star reviews on both Google and Apple's app stores.

The 26-year-old may be the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, but this isn't the first time Evan has landed in hot water.

In 2014, he was involved in an email scandal during his time at Stanford University, where he was part of the Kappa Sigma chapter – a fraternity with a rather bad record.

Evan’s shocking emails were obtained by Valleywag, and reference everything from cocaine, getting girls drunk and urinating on women.

He later issued an apology, which read: "I'm obviously mortified and embarrassed that my idiotic emails during my fraternity days were made public. I have no excuse. I'm sorry I wrote them at the time and I was a jerk to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women."