Hunter Moore Makes a Living Screwing You

The hated revenge-porn profiteer says he wants to teach a lesson with his web site. How long before the 26-year-old learns one himself?

Adding insult to injury is the site's dominant idiom. The archetypal submission is perhaps best exemplified by a February 2012 post of a young woman from Orlando, Florida, who had photographed herself with one breast exposed, tugging her bottoms provocatively low to reveal the plea "I'm Sorry Felix" written on her left hip, flanked by pointy red-Sharpied hearts. Felix apparently did not accept the apology.

This spirit of retaliation is dutifully pumped into the site's unofficial anthem, "Revenge Porn!" an electronica track from goth-rainbow duo Blood on the Dance Floor. "Cheated on me and broke my heart/Gonna show the world your private parts," sasses BOTDF co-frontman Jayy von Monroe over a gym-playlist house beat. The manic chorus twists the knife. "You always said you'd die to be fay-mous/You never thought it'd be because of your ayy-nus." This three-month-old single, which mentions Moore by name, is available on iTunes.

The porn site also directly inspired Eskimo Callboy's "Is Anyone Up," a skank-metal grave-rave hybrid by six German guys with an amusingly simple translation of the blog's fundamental purpose ("Your pussy/Your boobies/On the World Wide Web"), as well as a Forget Me in Vegas pop-punk tune by the same name, the Warped Tour's pip-squeaky answer to Rollins Band's "Liar." It's an obviously cynical synergy. For one, the demographically young site skews toward a similar under-35 audience who, according to online analytics tool Alexa, tends "to consist of childless men browsing from home who have no postgraduate education“ and ranges from 150,000 unique visitors on a Sunday to 240,000 on a good weekday, according to Moore. (Traffic-analysis monitor compete.com has the January 2012 audience peaking around 188,000.) For two, the site first built its name by publishing band-dude dong shots; eventually opportunistic alt-musician types started self-submitting nudes, in the hopes of publicizing their bands.

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Moore, center here at a Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Is Anyone Up event last January, receives death threats, yet promotes his personal DJ’ing.
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Moore, center here at a Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Is Anyone Up event last January, receives death threats, yet promotes his personal DJ’ing.

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The first breakthrough took place on February 2, 2011, back when the site had only 7,000 Twitter followers, Moore published shirtless nudes of Zack Merrick, bassist for the Baltimore pop-punk band All Time Low, whose name immediately became a Twitter trending topic. "That pretty much sealed the deal for me as far as nudes," Moore recalls now. "People were going to come to my site now for that shit." The same month, Moore was passed photos of Passion Pit's bassist showing off his schlong and posted them. Immediately, representatives from Columbia Records, the synth-pop band's Sony subsidiary label, got involved and threatened to sue.

Such corporate muscle was initially intimidating. "When I first started—probably about six months in—I would get scared," Moore admits. "I didn't know the law and didn't really know anything." For a while, he honored removal requests. "At first, I was just throwing Hail Marys out there. Then I got fucking wise. I found out the laws, and I was like, 'Fuck you.' I put creepy Passion Pit guy right back up."

As he soon discovered, Moore isn't legally held responsible for the user-submitted content to his site, thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a federal law that protects Web hosts against legal claims arising from hosting third-party information, including libel or invasion of privacy. ("No provider or user of an interactive-computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider," reads the CDA's actual text.) It's this same powerful protection that prevents website owners from the venom posted to their comments sections and Facebook from being held culpable for users' words. The person lawfully responsible for possible offenses like, say, defamation of character or slander is the party who submits the photos to Moore's site—the jilted ex, the vendetta-settling former friend, Felix.

Is Anyone Up is also shielded from third-party copyright violations by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's Section 512. This means that Moore isn't directly responsible if an external user—even one who's obtained photos through a possibly criminal act like hacking—has submitted material to his site that belongs to someone else. But, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Mitch Stoltz, to keep this legal protection, Moore must "honor formal requests from the copyright owner to take the material down." Moore brags he doesn't, even though he gets "about 50" DMCA requests a day. "I get the one e-mail from them, and all I reply back with is 'LOL,' and then I never hear back from them again." (Assuming he's telling the truth, this negligence could eventually contribute to the site's undoing.)

Although these two protections allow a lot of freedom, Moore is understandably careful about underage content. He compares an image's embedded EXIF data, which includes a file-creation date, and cross-references that timeline with the subject's dates of birth, along with a separate age-verification process. "We Google everything about everybody before we put them up," he explains. He has access to another additional safeguard. "My uncle is a cop, so I can check how old everybody is and their records and shit."

Invariably, mistakes are made, especially when the submitter is dementedly conniving enough to alter file data. That's what Moore says happened last July, when he unknowingly posted underage nudes, and the female subject contacted him "freaking out." That same day, he pulled down the time-stamp-manipulated photos, acknowledged in a separate post that the error was "my fault," reported the guy to officials, but as per usual, launched a public retaliation spree by publishing the creepazoid's e-mail addresses, photograph, full name, and cell-phone number. To this day, a screenshot thumbnail of that guy's Facebook profile sits on Is Anyone Up's submission form alongside the warning "He submitted underage content, will you be replacing him here?"

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82 comments
the_queen.
the_queen.

Wow, I have never seen such a horrible case of small dick syndrome. Not sure why the ugly mofo has not done the world a favour and hung himself. And yup, that is one hell of an ugly nose.
 If he accidentally falls off a cliff I know nothing, just sayin.

Boozecruze91
Boozecruze91

The site is fucking hilarious. I just wanna know how ppl think this site is wrong when every person and there fucking mother know that tiger cheated on his wife and Phelps smoked weed. hunter moore is an innovator. "Don't hate the player hate the game"

SeNDr
SeNDr

OK, so this guy is a walking, talking waste of space. But you also seem to have been dropped on your head as a child. Repeatedly. On purpose.

David KayeP
David KayeP

Rupert Murdock's newspaper calls Hunter Moore a sleaze? Uh, hello?

PleaseStop
PleaseStop

No one on earth gives a shit about this guy, but the jews at the obsolete village voice will promote what other jews do, no matter how stupid or idiotic it might be. This rag is a fucking DRAG

Sakara
Sakara

but theres TONS of nude ex-girlfriend photos on the net!!!!!!!!!

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RUSerious
RUSerious

This article has NOTHING TO DO WITH JEWISH NEPOTISM. HE JUST HAPPENS TO BE A JEW BEING PROMOTED BY OTHER JEWS. IT"S JUST A COINCIDENCE.

Yasdgla
Yasdgla

This guy is very likely a Mossad operative. He hides behind his jew-promoted fake "bad boy" image. I would keep a close eye on him as he is probably involved in the next israeli false-flag attack in the US, a la the jewish "art students" who helped set up 9-11.

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Frank55iusadg
Frank55iusadg

This guy seems like a jew being promoted by other jews.

Heed the call
Heed the call

I am torn between wishing HIV upon this man and knowing that it won't stop him from spreading it to others. He really should be put down. And I'm a doctor. It's a public health need.

Valerie V
Valerie V

Its remarkable none of his victims or relatives of his victims have put two in his chest. What an immoral scumbag.

CiaoUS
CiaoUS

The ironic thing about this hump in the road douche is that he's completely unoriginal and lacking in a any degree of creativity. Acrewig people over and making money? Wow, he thought that up all by himself? NOT. His fears of getting whacked one day are probably well founded as he will screw over the wrong person and his inevitable fate will come to fruition. l wonder who will make money of that episode?

Just another loser who seeks his 15 minutes and got it along with 10 pages of wasted ink from the Village Voice. Way to go Village Voice! He will be forgotten by the time most hit refresh on their comps

Tian Gao
Tian Gao

This is where irony goes to its logical conclusion

Buttfuck
Buttfuck

He is the shit. Fuck you retards who send nicest and blame him for it. Think twice before you do it, period.

Tempest LeTrope
Tempest LeTrope

Why would any woman want to let this sleaze anywhere near her? He comes off like he's proud to be a walking STD factory. His mother must be so proud. Jeez...

seth
seth

I find it really just sad above all things that people are looking up to the near exact definition of a sociopath, as a role model, he complains people need to "toughen up" when really he made a career off putting other people down and is so afraid of ever letting ANY woman in to see the little bit of good he may or may not have, that he has to put on this pathetic "im so deseperate for attention" attitude by flashing his cash and saying "oh guess what i may very well end up having someone kill themselves over my actions" but hey look at how many woman ive slept with. Things like money and meaningless sex with strangers go away and all that will be left is himself, and that is something i think he doesnt ever want to have to face. I honestly just dont think I personally could reach my thirtys and look back and see that i was responsible for destroying young girls lives and chances of ever really having a successfull CAREER ( sure you could be famous on his site with your friends for being naked but just wait till your employer does a backround check on you or even when you grow up and your kids decide to google your name, ya pictures last a lifetime) destruction ive caused in the world, no matter what amount of money i would make.

Then again what i think the real issues is deep down isnt just this mans lack of sympathy for ANYONE besides himself, but the fact that people just act out of spite and revenge not thinking "hey while im upset now, doing this could really hurt this person permentantly"

Geez are we that desperate for attention and so heartless that we have come to this, if so i honestly fear for my nieces who are 12 now as to what the hell would be coming next after Hunter moore has had his turn at "success"

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If I saw him being beaten to a pulp on the street I would not call 911 but surely take a picture with my phone and post it for his fans

Maria Ria
Maria Ria

haha he's awesome thats hilarious!

Gunslinger
Gunslinger

I want to hit him. Hard. Someone needs to sue the fuck out of him. He is a college kid buying alcohol for middle school aged children. He is the person who let's someone die because he's too lazy to call 911. Someone please post how shitty he is in bed and how small his dick is.

HelloMrsRobinson
HelloMrsRobinson

As much of a loser-douche as this guy may be, he has a point. Ladies need to stop doing stupid things like sexting and taking nude shots. If you are going to play the game, you have accept that you may lose.

sachxn
sachxn

world is more awful than him...still good..

Angelina
Angelina

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Omar
Omar

This guy needs to grow up.

Matt White
Matt White

Oh please, you thought this guy deserved a 6 page story? He's thanking you for the page hits, you're no better than him.

wdatt
wdatt

Even though it has negative consequences, I agree with freedom of speech and this type of thing should be legal just as http://www.dirtyphonebook.com and other similar sites are legal. That being said, the way that Hunter Moore carries himself seems a bit off-putting and I think he will end up in trouble. I don't know if I'd define it as "revenge porn" though. It seems more related to the way that society has gravitated towards reality TV.

iamnifilim
iamnifilim

well written mate. Life is unfair, and yes, he may suck for his action but there are more horrible people than him. The hypocrisy to the highest level of anyone visiting his site and pretend they did not like is a complete idiot. His site may not live long, since internet is not always free in the United States but for the meantime let's just enjoy the misery of others.

Yummyfur23
Yummyfur23

The repugnant thing about this guy is that he trades in slut shaming. It's unfortunate that people are naive about the consequences of sharing nude photos of themselves, but that doesn't mean that they deserve to be humiliated for that action. At its core, Is Anyone Up operates on the assumption that if you're a sexual being, you should be shamed and "outed" for it. This is sex negativity of the highest order and speaks to both Hunter Moore's and our culture's sexual hang-ups.

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Quano
Quano

Colombian-ginger wingman also sandwiched between two girls, Moore playfully pushes the women together so he can kiss them both at the same time. But the dancer is growing jealous, so she cradles his head possessively and coos at them both, "My baby." 

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the_queen.
the_queen.

@HelloMrsRobinson fuck that patriarchial shit you subscribe to idiot...just how dumb are you? Hope you know shit like your attitude is the reason you only make 2/3 of what your male co-workers do.

~IrishChik~
~IrishChik~

Agree. Leave your clothes on. Didn't anyone learn from Girls Gone Wild?

Anon
Anon

you're ridiculous.

the_queen.
the_queen.

@Yummyfur23 there is no shame in nudity, it's because our fucked up society puts shame on something so natural that this shit happens. If ppl would stop being embarrassed by something so natural this man's case of small dick syndrome might not have enabled him to garner such fame.

 
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