Hunter Moore is the subject of Netflix’s highly anticipated three-part documentary The Most Hated Man on the Internet.
The series, which is currently streaming on Netflix, follows a mother who is determined to bring justice against the founder of IsAnyoneUp.com and noted “King of Revenge Porn”.
It allows his victims to speak and emphasizes how, contrary to the sympathetic Rolling Stone article the documentary is named after, Moore is an internet misogynist.
But who exactly is Hunter Moore, and what happened to his website all those years ago?
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Who is Hunter Moore?
Hunter Moore is the founder and creator of IsAnyoneUp.com.
Established in 2010, IsAnyoneUp allowed users to share ‘revenge porn’.
Revenge porn is sexual and explicit photos and videos of people posted online without the subject’s knowledge or consent, and often accompanied by information about them, such as their full names and addresses.
Many of the people featured on the website felt justifiably outraged and violated. Their photos were often nudes that had been sent to former partners and reposted on this site as a form of revenge. According to The WireMoore sometimes paid a hacker to break into email accounts to steal nude photos to later post on IsAnyoneUp.
The website was up for 16 months, and over this period anywhere from 15 to 30 photos were uploaded per day. In his interview with Rolling StoneMoore claims IsAnyoneUp attracted 30 million views a month and garnered $8,000 to $13,000 per month in ad revenue.
Although he received many requests to take down images from victims of revenge porn, and in many of the cases received cease-and-desist letters, Moore completely dismissed the demands. He would often respond to the letter by saying “LOL” and argued his website was protected by the law.
One part of the documentary talks to a woman whose nude photos were uploaded on the site with a link to a Facebook profile photo of her family. She asked Moore to take down the photo and he said he would if she showed herself being anally penetrated on camera. Cornered and desperate to have the photos taken down, she did as he requested.
Regardless of his behavior, Moore continued to receive fawning profiles during the early 2010s. The aforementioned Rolling Stone article depicted him as a mischievous, almost rockstar-like celebrity. Even when he was confronted in a 2011 CNN interview by two of his victims, he brushed off their suffering and proudly called himself a “professional life ruiner”.
Although PayPal and Facebook had blocked Moore’s accounts, he still had a dedicated group of followers that continued to grow with every interaction Moore had with mainstream media.
But, his luck eventually ran out.
What happened to Hunter Moore and who is Charlotte Laws?
IsAnyoneUp shared explicit photos of Kayla, the daughter of activist Charlotte Laws, so Laws did everything in her power to bring Moore down and later became known as “the Erin Brokovich of revenge porn”.
In an interview with The Guardianthe director of The Internet’s Most Hated Man Rob Miller said Laws is “an amazing woman.”
“If you tell Charlotte she can’t do something, she’ll just want to do it even more. She obviously cares about justice and accountability, and believes people who do bad things should be punished for those bad things.”
Laws spent two years compiling evidence from more than 40 of Moore’s victims. She eventually handed over her findings to the FBI and doxxed Moore in retaliation.
When news of the FBI investigation began to surface, according to The Wire Moore responded by saying, “I will literally f—ing buy a first-class f—ing plane ticket right now, eat an amazing meal, buy a gun in New York, and f—ing kill whoever [talked about my FBI investigation]. I’m that pissed over it. I’m actually mad right now.”
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In 2014, Moore was arrested by the FBI on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft. It should be noted that he committed these crimes as part of his efforts to obtain explicit photos without people’s consent.
However, Moore has never been convicted specifically for sharing revenge porn, as many countries in the 2010s lacked laws that prohibit the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit images.
In 2015, he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting hacking, and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison, three years of supervised probation, a $2,000 fine, and just $145.70 in restitution.
Is IsAnyoneUp still on the internet?
Moore sold IsAnyoneUp to an anti-bullying group in 2012.
In 2014, he was forced to dismantle IsAnyoneUp’s archives under FBI supervision.
Where is Hunter Moore now?
After serving his sentence, Moore was released from prison in 2017. Since then he released a song, titled ‘Make the Internet Great Again’, and a book.
Moore currently maintains a social media presence and in April 2022, he provided an update on his life.
“Living my life peacefully now,” he wrote, “if you want me to apologize, well I wouldn’t. I don’t owe anyone anything.”
Director Rob Miller believes Moore isn’t truly sorry, not only because of statements like these, but also because he refused to participate in the docuseries and take up the opportunity to right his wrongs.
In his interview with The Guardian he said, “[Moore’s] obviously a bit older, but he’s kind of refused to apologise. So that says a lot.”
‘The Most Hated Man on the Internet’ is now streaming on Netflix.
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