There are a lot of hated figures online, but only one man has been dubbed The Most Hated Man on the Internet. Thanks to a three-episode docuseries of the same name, Netflix is diving into how he became so reviled as well as how one determined mother took this despised figure down.
Hunter Moore originally intended the website IsAnyoneUp? to be a place where people could review clubs. But over time the site transitioned into a hub where people would share victims’ explicit photos without their consent. The site quickly snowballed, becoming one of the most toxic environments on the internet. Although Moore refused to participate in Netflix’s docuseries, there’s evidence that he’s been active after his prison sentence.
Who Is Hunter Moore?
Once referred to by Rolling Stone as “the most hated man on the internet”, Moore has been called the creator of revenge porn. At the very least, he is one of its earliest and best known practitioners. Moore was the creator of the revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp?, which was established in 2010 and allowed users to post explicit photos of people without their consent. But the website and community would often take things a step further. It wasn’t unusual for users to post the real names, addresses, and social media profiles of the victims who appeared on this site. Moore stood as the leader of this toxic community, often encouraging users to dox people and contributing to the mockery that became common place for the site.
According to The Guardian, Moore once called himself a “professional life ruiner” and even compared himself to Charles Manson. He also claimed that he and IsAnyoneUp? were protected by the same laws that protect Facebook from the activities of its users. While that may have been true on some level, Moore was eventually held responsible for his actions.
Charlotte Laws, the mother of one of the victims, submitted evidence to the FBI that Moore had obtained at least some of the photos that appeared on the site by illegal means. This evidence was compiled following a two-year investigation orchestrated by Laws and included evidence from more than 40 victims who appeared on the site. The FBI’s Los Angeles Internet Crime division then raided the home of Moore’s parents in Sacramento, Calif. When it became clear that this investigation was going to come to public light thanks to the Village Voice, Moore told the publication, “I will literally fucking buy a first-class fucking plane ticket right now, eat an amazing meal, buy a gun in New York, and fucking kill whoever said that. I’m that pissed over it.”
Moore and Charles “Gary Jones” Evans, who was the actual hacker behind these attacks, were charged with conspiracy to “access a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for private financial gain.” In 2015, Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft as well as aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine as well as a restitution fee of $145.70. Evens also pleaded guilty to computer hacking and identity theft. During his trial, he admitted that he had hacked the emails of hundreds of women and had sold their private photos to Moore. Evens was sentenced to two years and one month in prison.
Where Is Hunter Moore Now?
Moore completed his prison sentence in May of 2017. A year later, he self-published a tell-all book, titled Is Anyone Up?!: The Story of Revenge Porn. Described as full of “fun easy to digest stories that will keep you laughing,” this book does not seem to be the remorseful reflection you may expect from someone who went to prison for perpetuating revenge porn.
Other than this book, Moore has largely stayed off the radar. He refused to appear in Netflix’s docuseries.
Is Hunter Moore on Twitter?
It’s hard to say. During his sentencing, the judge banned Moore from social media, but as we all know that’s difficult if not impossible to enforce. His original handle, @Huntermoore, no longer exists. But there’s evidence to believe that Moore has been posting under other accounts.
Esquire claimed that @HntrMoore is Moore’s primary Twitter account, although it hasn’t been active since 2016. But based on his photos, posting style, and interest in Netflix’s The Most Hated Man on the Internetit seems more likely that Moore’s real account is the currently active one @_iamhuntermoore.
Is Hunter Moore on Instagram?
Adding to the argument that @_imhuntermoore may be Moore’s real Twitter account is the Instagram page iamhuntermoore. Although it hasn’t been active since 2014, due to the amount of photos with Moore and his cat, this seems to be his real account.
What Is Hunter Moore’s Net Worth?
That’s impossible to say. It’s been estimated that, at its peak, IsAnyoneUp? had 5 million hits in a single month and brought in somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000 in ad revenue. As a reminder, Moore was only required to pay a $2,000 fine as well as a restitution fee of $145.70.
Is Hunter Moore’s IsAnyoneUp Still Around?
Yes, but not in the way you may be imagining. In 2012, the site was sold to the anti-bullying site BullyVille.com. It was taken down shortly after its purchase and replaced with an anti-bullying site.
“IsAnyoneUp.com served no public good. That is why it is offline,” James McGibney, the founder of BullyVille.com, said in a statement. “The problem of IsAnyoneUp.com is now solved. In its place, BullyVille.com will exist to help people who are being bullied solve their problems through cooperation and thoughtfulness, rather than abuse.” You can still access it today.
Where Is Charlotte Laws Now?
The most fascinating part of Netflix’s latest docuseries isn’t Moore, but Charlotte Laws. Thanks to this one mother’s tireless work, a site that had ruined several people’s lives was brought down. In the years since, Laws has helped to pass laws again intimate image abuse in 48 US states