November 29, 2020

YouTuber David Dobrik under fire for allegedly taking designer’s ideas without credit [Video]

On Sept. 18, TikTok user and designer Karim made a video that essentially served as a job application to help Dobrik with his latest venture.

That venture, launched in December 2019, was a social media platform similar to Instagram, only this one was exclusively for unedited and unfiltered photos similar to the ones on disposable cameras.

He also came up with a catchy name for the app: Dispo.

“Dude when you said Dispo I literally screamed. We’ll be reaching out!” Dobrik commented on Karim’s first video on Sept. 19.

On Oct. 7, the Wall Street Journal reported that Dobrik’s app had received $4 million in seed funding from Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian’s new venture fend Seven Seven Six.

The official name of the app? Dispo.

According to Karim, Dobrik and Natalie Mariduena, Dobrik’s assistant and business parter, saw the designs and “loved them” .

However, after a “brief correspondence,” Karim said that the team decided to go in a different direction.

Many TikTok users pointed out that the official Twitter account for David’s Disposable joined Twitter under the username DispoHQ on Sept. 18 — the same day Karim proposed the name.

All over social media, fans are demanding answers — especially since Dobrik is known in the influencer community for being an all-around good guy.

“It’s kinda messed up he took the name without asking. Legally he could do it but morally I think it’s inconsiderate,” one person said.

Neither Dobrik nor Mariduena have commented on the situation

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