Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel is the world’s youngest billionaire. But despite swimming in riches, he has a problem. He’s being cyberstalked through the app that he helped to create: Snapchat. TMZ reports that Spiegel called the LAPD after receiving threatening messages over Snapchat from a man who called himself Ramon Martinez. Spiegel also received harrassment via Twitter and email from the same person.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the alleged stalker referenced murdered actress Rebecca Schaeffer, President John F. Kennedy, molotov cocktails, and cutting his brakes.
But threats weren’t the end of it. The 25-year-old Snapchat co-founder says that he also received a mysterious package at home: a letter that was folded into a gun magazine. The police records say that the note was filled with “nonsensical messages.”
Spiegel created Snapchat alongside his Stanford University frat brothers Bobby Murphy and Reginald Brown IV in 2011.
Snapchat users can send photos and videos to their friends, which are quickly deleted from their phones. Spiegel and the other co-founders reportedly created the app to make sexting less incriminating.
Snapchat currently has 100 million daily active users who transmit over 400 million “snaps,” over 70 per cent of them are younger than 25.
This isn’t the first time that Evan Spiegel has been in the headlines. The Independent reports that in May of 2014, a series of “misogynist and homophobic” emails Spiegel wrote while he was in college pre-Snapchat were revealed.
At the time, Spiegel was social chair of his Stanford University fraternity, Kappa Sigma. During his time in that position, he penned the offenensive emails to get his brothers pumped up for social gatherings.
“I’m obviously mortified and embarrassed that my idiotic emails during my fraternity days were made public. I have no excuse,” he told Business Insider.
“I’m sorry I wrote them at the time and I was jerk to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women.”
The messages, which were first accessed by Valleywag’s Sam Biddle, also contain talk about cocaine, drinking, and peeing on women.
Some of the statements, as seen in the Business Insider article, include:
“Hope at least six girl [sic] sucked your d***s last night.”
“Did I just pee on Lily … the back of her shirt is soaked.”
“See everyone on the blackout express soon.”
“Shopping list: 1 ounce of marijuana, 1 kilo of blow … I’ll roll a blunt for whoever sees the most t*ts tonight”
Maybe it’s a good thing there was no Snapchat at the time.
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