Among the worst things an app touting anonymity can do is track its users’ whereabouts, but that’s exactly what Whisper does, according to a damning report in The Guardian.
Now, Whisper is playing defense—or offense—depending on how you look at it.
According to The Guardian report, the app tracks some users that have opted out of its geolocation tool and shares users information with authorities. Whisper editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman dismissed the claims as “lousy falsehoods.”
And yet, the company has placed its editorial staff, including Zimmerman, on administrative leave.
Whisper officials will have to answer some tough questions when they go before the Senate commerce committee to discuss The Guardian report.
CEO and co-founder Michael Heyward issued the following statement: