Earlier today The Guardian reported that the secret-sharing app Whisper tracks the location of their anonymous users. The information came to light because the paper was in talks to partner with Whisper. Now Buzzfeed, Whisper's first major media partnership, has been "temporarily" suspended for privacy concerns, according to Digiday. Whisper and its editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman have vigorously denied the allegations.
Michael Arrington is a man who would prefer to keep the things people whisper about him out of the public eye. So the blogging-capitalist, whose "conflicts of interests" run longer than his resume (literally), came out gunning for Whisper CEO Michael Heyward during a TechCrunch Disrupt panel earlier today.
"Are we going to build an ad business? Yes, at some point. Do we need to do it tomorrow? No. Do I think we’re going to be able to do it in a really cool way? Yeah, I think so. We have something that nobody else has at scale, and that has value."-A familiar CEO refrain, this time from the founder of the secret-sharing app Whisper.