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A former Snap employee is suing the company and claims it’s been lying about its growth

Snap says the lawsuit “has no merit.”

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel speaks onstage during 'Disrupting Information and Communication' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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A former Snap employee is suing the company, and claims — among other things — that Snap has been “falsely representing” its growth metrics.

Anthony Pompliano, who joined Snap in late 2015 from Facebook to work on Snap’s growth team, claims he was fired just three weeks into his tenure for bringing these inaccurate metrics to Snap’s upper management. Much of the lawsuit has been redacted, so we don’t know exactly which metrics he is referring to.

Pompliano is suing the company for trying to “destroy his career and reputation by waging a smear campaign” against him following his departure.

Snapchat says these accusations are bogus.

“We've reviewed the complaint. It has no merit. It is totally made up by a disgruntled former employee,” a company spokesperson said in an email sent to Recode.

It’s a major accusation against Snap at a less-than-stellar time. The company is gearing up for an IPO, which could come sometime this spring, and user growth will certainly be an important metric for investors moving forward. (Twitter has shown us what can happen when a social company stops growing.)

We will likely learn more about Snap’s growth whenever the company does go public — that information should be included in the S-1 document. Snap currently claims 150 million daily active users, or roughly half of Instagram’s daily audience.

Here’s the lawsuit.

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