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The $3 billion boy, Evan Spiegel, had a very good New Year's Eve. He allegedly partied at a lavish L.A. company fete with Taylor Swift and coworkers, looking back on a meteoric 2013. His millions of users, however, had their phone numbers stolen—and so far, he doesn't think he owes anyone an apology.
In an interview with Carson Daly (what a world!), Spiegel gives a brief overview of the hack. "Technology businesses in general are susceptible to hacking, and that's why you have to work really, really hard...The key is striking a balance between providing [the] utility of a friend service and preventing abuse, and that is something we are always working on." Saying Well it's hard for anyone to do this kind of thing! is what's typically called a non-apology. Evan: you're allowed to say sorry. Do you know how many times Mark Zuckerberg has admitted he fucked something up with Facebook?
Spiegel concludes, with a laugh and slight grin, with the following:
"I believe at the time we thought we had done enough. But I think in a business like this and a business that is moving so quickly, if you spend your time looking backwards, you're just going to kill yourself."
- 1. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel must be fired
- 2. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel must fire whoever is advising him not to apologize for this mess
The first absolutely won't happen, and number two won't solve the real problem: Evan Spiegel. It's one thing to play steely sociopath with your best friend during a deposition—but you can't treat millions of app users like some frat friend you screwed at Stanford.