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Buckle up, because you're about to meet your least favorite person, possibly ever, thanks to Netflix's newest documentary The Most Hated Man On The Internet. The true crime documentary hones in on the story of Hunter Moore, a self-proclaimed "professional life ruiner" and his revenge porn site, Is Anyone Up?
The three part docuseries, which premiered on July 27, dives into how and why Moore created his famed revenge porn website, the countless crimes he committed in the process, and the lengths a mother named Charlotte Laws went to in order to take Moore and his site down.
After a heated battle with Laws, whose daughter was affected by the site, Moore finally faced the consequences of running a business centered around his exploitative practices. Moore ended up behind bars, and the site was eventually sold to someone else. But taking him down wasn't an easy process, and it came with its fair share of twists and turns.
Long story short, this is a Netflix special that will leave you Googling for hours on end.
So, wondering what happened to Moore after all of this? Or what he is up to now? Here's everything there is to know about the most hated man on the internet.
Who is Hunter Moore?
Hunter Moore is a 36-year-old man from Sacramento, California. Before becoming famous for creating and running a revenge porn site, he pursued a career in DJing, as shown here.
Eventually, he went on to create the site, Is Anyone Up?, a revenge porn site that posted naked photos of people online without their consent.
Here's what he looks like:
Moore made a profit from his site and even compared himself to a modern-day Charles Manson, according to The Guardian. When victims pleaded for their naked photos to be taken down, sending heartbreaking messages or cease and desist letters, he often responded with a simple "LOL."
He prided himself on being a professional life ruiner. Hence why he is the focus of Netflix's new docuseries.
What did Hunter Moore do?
It all started when Moore posted a photo of a girl he was dating online. Although the site he created in 2010 was originally meant to be used for clubbing, the photo helped churn so much publicity that he got 14,000 hits in just a week, according to Esquire.
So, he decided to add more. This time, he posted photos from people who submitted their own photos, and also of people who hadn't given consent or even knew their photo was being used, the outlet reported. Ex-boyfriends and girlfriends began submitting nudes, along with the subject's name, hometown, social media profile, and profession. That made the photos easy to find in a quick online search, which could sometimes cost the victims their jobs and affect their personal lives.
Moore also hired hackers to steal private photos from victims' email accounts that he then posted.
And although the term "revenge porn" had not yet been coined, Moore can be largely credited with its creation.
What is Is Anyone Up?
Moore's site launched in 2010 and actually only lasted 16 months. At its peak, Is Anyone Up? had an estimated 350,000 unique users a day, and was making up to $30,000 a month in advertising revenue, according to Esquire.
The site also had a devoted fan base that idolized Hunter and called themselves "The Family," as a nod to Charles Manson, The Guardian reported.
And when some victims tried to get their images removed, they were often blackmailed by the site's rabid fanbase, per Rolling Stone.
When the lawsuits started to pile on, Moore tried to claim protection through the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which said websites were not accountable for user-submitted content, Rolling Stone reported. He tried to use the first amendment to claim that his service was an example of free speech since people were submitting the images themselves.
The argument didn't get Moore or the site very far, and it was forced to shut down in 2012. In a perfect karmic twist, the domain was given to an anti-bullying site called Bullyville, according to BBC News.
Did Hunter Moore go to prison?
Moore was arrested in 2014 and pleaded guilty to felony charges for aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the authorized access of a computer in February of 2015, according to the Department of Justice.
Is Hunter Moore still in jail?
Moore spent two years and six months in prison before being released in May 2017, per Cosmopolitan. Moore also faced a $2,000 fine.
And Moore's take-down was largely a result of Charlotte Laws' efforts and her dedication to avenging her daughter Kayla's exploitation on the site.
Who is Charlotte Laws?
After naked photos of her daughter were stolen and posted online, Laws dedicated herself to bringing Moore to justice. That meant following an electronic trail to uncover the online tormentor before trying to get the FBI involved.
Along the way, Laws received angry phone calls, insults, countless death threats, and even a strange car loitering on her street, according to The Guardian.
Finally, the FBI, with help from Laws' 12-inch-thick file of evidence, put Hunter behind bars, according to The Daily Mail.
Where is Hunter Moore now?
After being released from prison in May 2017, Moore self-published a tell-all book about his story called, Is Anyone Up?!: The Story of Revenge Porn in 2018.
Since then, Moore appears to have gone totally under the radar, with no social media posts or recent updates.
But with the documentary airing tomorrow, Moore may have a lot of interested people trying to track him down.
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