The founder of an Australian startup that claimed to have, Richard Branson and other celebrities signed up to his video app has denied acting fraudulently and said the press had treated him unfairly.

Sociabl, which proposed to set up one-on-one video calls with celebrities for a fee, was founded in South Australia by Brandon Reynolds and Jarrad Hrotek, both in their early 20s. According to Sociabl, half the fee would go to charity

A press release sent from PR agency Markson Sparks to media on Jan. 10, 2016 claimed a number of big-name celebrities from 5 Seconds of Summer to would be available for video chats with their fans. A number of the famous names listed have denied their involvement to Mashable Australia. Read more…

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Video startup crumbles after false and Richard Branson claims