David Dobrik exits board of Dispo photo app amid Vlog Squad rape scandal
YouTube star David Dobrik has left the board of his photo-sharing app Dispo after a former member of his online comedy crew was accused of rape.
Dobrik’s departure was the latest fallout from the allegations against his longtime friend Dominykas Zeglaitis, who was part of Dobrik’s Vlog Squad before leaving the group in 2019.
“David has chosen to step down from the board and leave the company to not distract from the company’s growth,” Dispo told The Post in a statement Monday. “Dispo’s team, product, and most importantly- our community- stand for building a diverse, inclusive, and empowering world.”
Dispo confirmed Dobrik’s exit hours after one of its major financial backers, Spark Capital, decided to “sever all ties” with the startup he co-founded.
The move came roughly a month after Spark reportedly led a $20 million fundraising round for Dispo that valued it at about $200 million. The app mimics disposable cameras by making users wait to view their images while they “develop.”
The firm — which has also invested in tech giants such as Twitter, Postmates and Slack — did not immediately respond to an email seeking more details about how it would handle its Dispo investment.
Spark isn’t the only company to end its relationship with Dobrik, whom The Wall Street Journal once dubbed “Gen Z’s Jimmy Fallon.”
“Consent is something that’s super, super important to me,” Dobrik said. “Whether I’m shooting with a friend or shooting with a stranger, I always make sure that whatever the video I’m putting out, I have the approval from that person.”
Source: New York Post