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Non-Disappearing Messages Could Cost Snapchat Founders

Non-Disappearing Messages Could Cost Snapchat Founders
Photograph by J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times via Redux

Snapchat’s founders may wish they had had a self-destructing messaging system when they were in college. The company is facing a lawsuit from a man claiming that the message app’s co-founders, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, pushed him out after he came up with the idea. This isn’t the first lawsuit in which someone has emerged looking for a cut of a multimillion-dollar tech startup. But Reggie Brown, who was in the same fraternity as Spiegel and Murphy, has produced a number of e-mails and messages that seem to quote Spiegel giving credit to Brown for making photo messages that disappear, according to documents filed on Thursday in a California court.

Snapchat’s founders have not responded to a request for comment.