Neetzan Zimmerman, the editor-in-chief of Whisper and a former Gawker journalist, has reacted angrily to Guardian claims about his app encroaching on users' privacy.
In response to reports from the newspaper that Whisper, which describes itself as "committed to being a safe place for our users to anonymously share their innermost thoughts, secrets, and feelings" was tracking American users' data without telling them, Zimmerman posted a series of tweets saying:
The Guardian’s piece is lousy with falsehoods, and we will be debunking them all. Much more to come... The Guardian made a mistake posting that story and they will regret it.
In a separate message he said the story was "a pack of vicious lies. We will be responding in full shortly".
Whisper was launched in 2012 and allows users to anonymously send messages and receive replies. More than 2.6m messages are posted on the network everyday and Zimmerman joined the app from Gawker at the beginning of 2014.
The Guardian claims "the practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives".
A spokesperson for Whisper said in a statement to i100: "Whisper does not collect nor store any personally identifiable information from users and is anonymous. There is nothing in our geolocation data that can be tied to an individual user and a user’s anonymity is never compromised. Whisper does not follow or track users. The Guardian’s assumptions that Whisper is gathering information about users and violating user’s privacy are false"