Snapchat Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel expressed regret Wednesday for vulgar emails he sent during his fraternity years at Stanford University in 2009 and 2010.
“I’m obviously mortified and embarrassed that my idiotic e-mails during my fraternity days were made public,” Spiegel, 23, said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg. “I have no excuse. I’m sorry I wrote them at the time and I was jerk to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women.”
The emails, published yesterday by Valleywag, a blog under the Gawker Media LLC umbrella, were riddled with profanities and derogatory remarks about women. In one of the emails penned by Spiegel, a prominent member of the university’s Kappa Sigma chapter, he talks about shooting “lazers (sic) at fat girls.”
In another, he congratulates his fraternity brothers for having helped throw a party and says he “hope[s] at least six girl [performed oral sex for you] last night.”
Spiegel also recounts the time he urinated on a woman who was in bed with him. “The back of her shirt is soaked,” he wrote. “This is pretty gross.”
The sleazy remarks are the latest controversy for Spiegel, who had to confront a data breach of his Snapchat mobile application, which allows users to send photo messages that disappear after a few seconds, in January.
More recently, in May, Snapchat settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it misled customers about the app’s security. The FTC ruled that the Los Angeles-based startup had to be more upfront with customers about the privacy of their messages.