Hunter Moore Arrested - Is This The End Of Revenge Porn?

03 July 2012 by

A few months back, Grazia ran a probing and harrowing investigation into the rise – and rise – of Revenge Porn on the internet. One of the key voices in the piece was a web entrepreuner called Hunter Moore, charming founder of the rather charmless revenge site Is Anyone Up, a sort of Tumblr account which published pornographic pictures of men and women sent in by their exes without their permission. It was, as Hunter deftly put it, based on the fact that ‘people like looking at boobs.’

Following the publication of our feature and subsequent follow-up features in the Village Voice and other New York papers, Hunter decided to sell the website to (ironically) an anti-bullying website. And yet he remained a figurehead of what has now become a very worrying trend. Over half of teenagers have admitted to sending naked photos of their exes to their friends.

Now however, it seems Hunter’s reign is finally over.  Last month, he was placed under FBI investigation for allegedly publishing ‘a slew of pictures posted to IAU which had been stolen from their subjects' inboxes by a hacker who goes by the handle "Gary Jones"’, reported Gawker. Now, with said investigation said to be ongoing, he has been arrested for allegedly head-butting a dancer at a party in New York's Webster Hall.

Surprising? No. But still horrifying. Posting naked images on the internet is one thing. Allegedly attacking a woman – accidentally or not – is another entirely. The phasing out of revenge porn has shown no signs of abating – as yet. But with the toppling of such a prolific character, perhaps it will speed up. The truth is, Hunter’s story is sad and troubling. He is no role model for boys (and girls) who think revenge porn – sexting and beyond – is acceptable. It isn’t. It’s deeply uncool.


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