Hunter Moore was once dubbed “The Most Hated Man on the Internet” — but is he now the most hated man on an entertainment streaming platform?
First given that title in a 2012 Rolling Stone article, a new three-part Netflix series with the same name is showing exactly what he did to earn it.
Moore, 36, was the founder of the first — or, at the very least, the first popular — revenge porn website. IsAnyoneUp.com, launched in 2010, encouraged people to anonymously upload naked or pornographic photos of other people, whether or not they had permission.
Not only did victims have their nudes posted on his site without their consent, but Moore would link to the depicted people's social media pages along with the photos. He also encouraged site visitors to write disparaging comments about people who had been photographed in their most intimate and sometimes vulnerable states.
Several of the victims in the docuseries described how this damaged their reputations, livelihoods and mental health. Moore, however, was unapologetic.
Many of the victims had never even shared the images of themselves he posted with anyone, but had actually been hacked.
The mastermind behind the hacking? The most hated man himself, according to the docuseries.
While Moore seemed sure that he wouldn’t pay any consequences for the revenge porn — revenge porn laws had not yet been written at the time — hacking and data theft were very much illegal. Both have been federal crimes since the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 1986.
Moore was arrested in 2014 on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft, Newsweek reported. He pleaded guilty one year later to felony charges for aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer.
He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and ordered to pay just $2,000 in fines and $145 in victim restitution, according to Newsweek. He was released from prison in 2017. His supervised probation ended in 2021.
Since his release, he wrote a book about his life called “Is Anyone Up? The Story of Revenge Porn,” which he self-published in 2018. He also released a song called, "Make The Internet Great Again,” according to Newsweek.
And, while he originally agreed to be a part of the docuseries — released in late July — he later declined to participate and is now speaking out against it.
"A lot of you has been asking why didn’t I tell my side of the story on Netflix documentary, well at first we all had agreed about the terms and all but at the end they wouldn’t let me tell my side of the story, basically I had to say what they wanted me to say, so I back[ed] off,” the infamous edgelord tweeted.
He added, "There is always two side of the stories, 60% of that Netflix documentary was BS, they never want you to tell or hear the truth."
In a recent interview, he claimed the charges to which he pleaded guilty were a “conspiracy” to get him. He also mocked at least one of the victims’ looks and for “not wearing a bra” in the Netflix series in the same interview.
"Look guys, I did my time behind bars," he tweeted in April, adding that he wouldn't apologize to anyone and he doesn't owe anyone anything.