Friday Feminist Fuck You: Hunter Moore

Hunter MooreThis is Hunter Moore. When he was broke and sitting on his parents’ couch in Sacramento, he founded the now-defunct site Is Anyone Up so he and his buddies could “post pictures of girls we were fucking at the time.” It grew to be an infamous “revenge porn” site where users submitted nude photos of their exes before shutting down amid legal troubles earlier this year.

Now he’s back with a new site that is basically the same–but worse. While the user-submitted photos on Is Anyone Up included the person’s name and links to social media profiles, the new site will also include a field for exact address.

In case it was at all unclear that the point of this new feature is to allow users to physically stalk the subjects, Moore told Betabeat,“We’re gonna introduce the mapping stuff so you can stalk people.” 

Well, there you go. Moore sounds pretty confident that’s a-okay, but, according to at least one cyber-law expert, it might not be. If he’s facilitating cyberstalking Moore could be violating federal criminal law–which is a problem even if all the content is user submitted.

There is nothing more boring than saying this site is awful, when Moore himself has preemptively said, “I know–it’s scary as shit.” There is nothing less satisfying than hating a dude who’s been called the internet’s Most Hated Man–and who is no doubt thrilled at the title. In the announcement for the new site, he says he “wanted to troll the lame and boring fad that soccer moms love and thats ‘bullying.'” Generally, trolls should be dealt with nothing but disdain. My outrage is a precious resource that I don’t just give away to people who are trying so hard to provoke it. And truly, Moore is such a cartoon villain–and clearly revels so shamelessly in the persona–that I can barely muster the energy. 

People are terrible to each other sometimes. Some will expose nude photos of their exes, out of hurt or cruelty, with or without Hunter Moore’s site. People are often misogynistic. Some will post creepshots of unsuspecting women online for fun, or take “caps” of underage girls they convinced to strip. “I just monetise people’s mistakes that they made,” Moore said. “But if it wasn’t me, somebody else was going to do it.” And maybe he’s right.

This is Amanda Todd, daughter of Carol and Norm. She committed suicide after being cyber-stalked and blackmailed for years by an adult man. She was 15 years old.

Amanda Todd

“I am creating something that will question if you will ever want to have kids,” writes Moore. Many people do awful things, but really, is anyone worse than the amoral troll who gleefully cashes in on the worst impulses of the internet?

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Susan

    He’s pretty stupid to mock the idea of personal safety, as if he wasn’t easily traceable, himself.

    • John

      He counting on decent people being unwilling to do horrible things.

  • Inquisitive Bibliophile

    We have enough violence against women and children in the world–but now we have an additional source that enables stalking (online and physically) and bullying?

    Is this the only way to bring more attention to online crimes, because paying for it by putting a woman’s safety at risk seems like too high a price to pay.

  • emmie

    Wow, what a disgusting person for doing that! You know when I first read the heading I honestly thought at first it said Friday Feminist Fuck YEAH. I took me another 5 seconds or so to realize that it said You and not Yeah. So for those 5 seconds I thought, “neat! Another feminist dude!” And then…. extreme disappointment. Just, wow.

  • Fawn Livingston-Gray

    Oh, it gets better. It’s basically an extortion site. For a couple hundred dollar fee, the “lawyer” (actually the site owners) linked on the site will guarantee the removal of your photo(s). Great story about this from the podcast On the Media:

  • Mark Kernes

    Apparently Anonymous has decided to go after this guy. Story here:

  • Nichole

    How is Moore not in jail for this? I cant believe that someone could be this disturbed and disgusting, oh wait I can, but he even admits that he thinks this could be potentially dangerous when he says that it is “scary as shit.” How can he be proud of himself for possibly endangering so many people?

  • Brüno

    He feels entitled to monies. Its really the worlds fault for not giving him monies that he has to do such an awful awful site. If the world would already donate him monies all would be fine. Also whom exactly was going to put up the site if he wasnt going to? Nobody did before 2012.