In an extensive Forbes investigative piece, former employees at Badoo, a London-based company that’s one of the world’s largest dating apps, recalled troubling behavior and sexist attitudes among the company’s executives when it was first founded.
Female employees were asked to give job candidates massages, watch pornographic videos at the office, and were referred to in derogatory language if they disagreed with the company’s founder and chief executive, Andrey Andreev, according to the report. Mr. Andreev denied the majority of the allegations in the Forbes report.
The allegations are especially troubling given Mr. Andreev’s deep ties to Bumble, a dating app founded by former Tinder executive Whitney Wolfe Herd that positions itself as dedicated to female empowerment. Mr. Andreev reportedly owns a majority stake in the company and has been described by Ms. Wolfe Herd as Bumble’s co-founder. Ms. Wolfe Herd told Forbes she had never seen Mr. Andreev behave in the manner that was described by the company’s former employees.