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Interview: Is Anyone Up?‘s Hunter Moore explains his decision to end the controversial site

April 23 2012, 6:50 AM EDT By Luke O’Neil


What percentage of the pics on the site were willfully submitted and what were done as “revenge” type things?
It was weird, I would say right before the site ended, like a week ago, we probably got 60 percent submissions and 40 percent revenge, I guess you could say. It's all about numbers and being cool on the internet. A lot of people wanted to be cool on the internet.

Who was sending the underage pics? What did you do about it?
We didn't want any of it connected to any kind of underage stuff, obviously; we didn't want to get in trouble. What we would do is users would submit to our cloud server, it would go into cloud server with all your information, and it would give us a breakdown of that. When we reported stuff, we'd report to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They had a quicker way of dealing with the FBI than us actually going to the FBI. [The pictures] wouldn't be labeled under Is Anyone Up? We would submit 14-15 underage submissions a day. It was a lot.

Do you mean like older teenagers or, like, ten-year-olds?
Rarely did we ever get anyone, like, 12 or 13 or anything. I only remember personally having to deal with two submissions that were under age 13. They were always from like Sweden or Russia if we ever got them. Nothing in the States. I started paying people to deal with that. They would send me a report at the end of the day if they got any underage stuff. It was all like [ages] 16-17, mostly. 

Do you feel like you have to do penance now?
Like a PR stunt? No, it just comes down to—it's not like I became a Christian overnight. I'm still—you don't understand, I'm still the same person, I'm still a human being. I know people don't see me as that. I don't want to hurt people, I don't want to see them lose their jobs. I just became that and I had to run with it, I wasn't going to shut it down and be poor. It's always about money. I'm still same person, but I'm going to use what I have to help charities; I have autism and dementia in my family. I'm still going to have sex with girls, and keep doing too many drugs and writing about it. I'm just using a little of my talents for good. It just slipped out of my hands way too fast.

What is BullyVille? What will your role be there if anything?
Right now, I don't have a role for BullyVille, but I'm going to making original content for them. The same idea as with Is Anyone Up. I have a gift to get people to come to my sites without paying for ads, boobs or not. BullyVille is the first social networking site to stop online bullying... CheaterVille was like my site, but had to do with cheaters. This is social networking to stop cyber bullying, and at school. I'm going to do video and films with them.

I have a sense that you seem to think there's a difference between people “being pussies” about online bullying, and the type of bullying that actually does real harm.
Yeah, to me, obviously the cyber bullying... I'm going to try to be good with what I say, because I get misquoted all the time. Cyber bullying is something that people are running with right now. It's kind of a fad, I guess. I think it's just common sense to turn off the computer and not look at stuff people are saying. I'm talking about traditional trolling people on 4chan and Facebook, people who don't know you.

It's different with the kid who gets beat up at school, and his only safe place is at home away from the kids beating him up and [when he] goes to check his Facebook, it's the same people there. It's relentless. That's a whole other story. I see it every day. The stuff I see people killing themselves over—complaining they [personally] made a YouTube video and people made fun of them [is less serious]. What I'm going to do with BullyVille is give kids a safe haven to point out bullies at school, and try to get them to stop before there is another Columbine or Virginia Tech or something. I have no concern for a 45-year-old mother being called fat because she stared a fight with a kid on Facebook.

Why the Facebook profiles and names attached? I get the idea of amateur pornography, but why give out real info? I think that was the thing that was most hurtful about the site. Do you see why that's different than just an anonymous picture?
I see what you mean. When I first started the site, that wasn't a part of it. It was actually pretty recent; we've only been doing it, like, 8 months. What happened was, we would do it with Twitter, the people who did support signs, wrote on their bodies stuff like that, but people wanted to lurk a little bit harder, stalk a little bit more. The reason Facebook and social networking are so popular is you get a glimpse into someone's life even if you don't know them, or if you do. You get to click through and see them as real person. It's a whole other level of porn; these are people you can reach out and touch and contact, maybe hang out with. You might know them, pass them at school. That was the whole idea. It just took off and I gave people what they wanted. That was what Is Anyone Up? was.

What do you think people think is the hottest or most titillating of the following three things: seeing pictures of someone naked when they don't know that you're looking at them [normal 'amateur' porn], seeing pictures when the subject intended them to be looked at [traditional porn], or seeing pictures of someone who knows you're seeing them, yet really, really doesn't want you to [many of the photos on Is Anyone Up?]?  
When you're not supposed to see it, if it was given to somebody else. Especially people in a professional setting. You have a million friends on Facebook, it's like you're taking away something from them. You judge them and compare yourself to them and feel better about yourself. It's all about what you're not supposed to be doing. It's like saying, “Don't press that big red button”—then everybody wants to do it.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
Just add that selling out is the American dream, and I did it. alt

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