Snapchat CEO ‘angry’ and ‘devastated’ at Sony hack e-mail leaks
The CEO of social app Snapchat has revealed his anger and sadness at the e-mails leaked as a result of the Sony hack.
Information on companies acquired by Snapchat was revealed by the illicitly outed e-mails, previously unknown to the public.
Evan Spiegel, the 24-year-old CEO, sent out an e-mail memo to Snapchat employees, writing: “I’ve been feeling a lot of things since our business plans were made public last night. Definitely angry. Definitely devastated,”
Some of the acquisitions revealed included a Google Glass-style wearable tech firm, and a QR-code scanner company.
Spiegel posted the mournful memo to Twitter, explaining how he ‘felt like [he] was going to cry all morning.’
“I went on a walk and thought through a couple of things. I even ran into one of my high school design teachers.
“We keep secrets because we get to do our work free from judgement – until we’re ready to share it. We keep secrets because keeping secrets gives you space to change your mind until you’re really sure that you’re right”
He added: “I am so sorry that our work has been violated and exposed. It’s not fair that people get to take away all the hard work we’ve done to surprise our community, family, and friends. It’s not okay that people steal our secrets and make public that which we desire to remain public.”
Related: Sony attempts to keep lid on leaks by threatening press
The Sony hack has had a huge impact on plenty of industries, with the most recent development being the cancellation of Christmas Day screenings of The Interview, the action comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that sees the pair try to off Kim Jong-Un, leader of North Korea.
Five major cinema chains opted to cancel showings following threats of 9/11-style threats, forcing Sony’s hand to shut down the launch across the board tout de suite.
A new report from the NYT suggest the US government has now attributed the hack to North Korea, although it’s yet to be confirmed through official avenues.