One of the most hated men on the Internet is prepping a comeback.
Hunter Moore, the infamous provacateur behind "revenge porn" site Is Anyone Up, is prepping an October launch of a new website according to a report on Thursday on The Daily. And if 26-year-old Moore's boast to The Daily is to be believed, we're in for “the scariest thing on the Internet."
Moore drew widespread rage and criticism when he launched his first website in 2010. Initially intended to be a place where he could share news on his life, it quickly morphed into something fairly awful. Moore encouraged scorned lovers to post nude pictures of their exes. Worse, he let them share screengrabs from Facebook and Twitter that often featured their full names, employment info and other personal data. Comment threads quickly filled up with damning, hateful chatter.
The site drew the wrath of, well, everyone: Moore was the subject of multiple media reports and, not surprisingly, death threats. Indeed, he was even stabbed in the shoulder by someone he depicted on the site. Lawsuits were threatened and reportedly an FBI investigation was launched. The Awl reported in 2011 that Moore was grossing up to $13,000 a month from the site, but spending most of it on lawyers and technology. He told The Awl:
“People threaten me with lawsuits every day, which is funny, because it fuels the site... The people that get mad hate my site and want to take it down. They send me all this crazy stuff, but at the same time they’re just building content for my site, which just makes me more popular.”
Moore shut his site down in April 2012, claiming that having to comb through a large amount of daily child pornography submissions was wearying. He sold the site to Internet entrepreneur James McGibney, who turned the domain into Bullyville, an anti-bullying forum.
Details are scarce on Moore's new venture, which he described as a hodgepodge of Is Anyone Up with options borrowed from Foursquare, Facebook and hacktivism hotbed 4chan. It sounds like more of Moore's homemade concoction of amateur porngraphy and social media, though this time there is less anonymity for users submitting content.
Moore tells The Daily that the management team behind the new venture is more legit than the "bunch of stoners" who ran Is Anyone Up.
If it works out, Moore probably can expect some success. Despite the Internet scorn thrown Moore's way, his devoted followers -- including nearly 60,000 on Twitter -- drive traffic to his online escapades where boasts of sex and cocaine use flow freely. One follower recently tried to impress Moore by urinating on an order of nachos at Taco Bell. Most just send naked pictures.
So what's actually so scary about Moore's new venture? Only time will tell. Pressed for a more clear answer by The Daily, Moore replied: “Basically you’re going to be able to get your dick sucked 10 times faster than Match.com, Okcupid or Craigslist. It’s going to be super scary.”
Let them eat cake, he said. Yammer CEO David Sacks celebrated his 40th birthday in 18th-century style. His Marie Antoinette-themed bash -- held in the wake of news that Microsoft was buying his social networking company for $1 billion -- cost a reported $1.4 million. Sacks banned social media from the event, but few attendees obeyed the rule, including Snoop Dogg, who performed and then tweeted a picture of himself costumed and holding a teacup.
Tech blogger Robert Scoble (right) has openly bragged about crashing tech's most legendary parties. Photos have also surfaced of Scoble at a bash in London where he's seen chugging champagne while wearing a pink wig. But seriously, who let this guy in?
Known as "Google's chief of fabulous," this talented Turkish programmer knows how to get down. He's been spotted at Burning Man in Nevada, out and about with his former boss, Ex-Googler Marissa Mayer, and he's thrown massive loft parties with strippers, disco balls, indoor waterfalls, and of course, non-stop hula-hooping.
Bisnow founded the Summit Series, a small group of millenials that seeks to engage "the world's most dynamic dreamers and doers" through high-octane events. Their invite-only gatherings have attracted some big names like Bill Clinton, Mark Cuban and Richard Branson. But when the panels and discussion groups wrap up, the revelry begins. Bisnow's team has orchestrated blowouts in Mexico, Aspen and a three-day Caribbean cruise with yoga sessions led by Russell Simmons, real-life shark-tagging and performances by The Roots. Bisnow's latest plan: Buy a $40 million mountain in Utah, and offer timeshares to the wealthiest members of Summit's community.
Saverin was double-crossed by Zuckerberg, vilified by Congress and nearly banned from the US. Poor guy. Well, not quite. One of Facebook's co-founders, Saverin is now living the high life in Singapore. The 30-year old Brazilian reportedly glides around town in a Bentley and holds down a a $3,800-a-night VIP table at a local club.
This former marine now runs BetterWorks, a Los Angeles startup where the so-called "brogramming" phenomenon was chronicled earlier this year. "We got invited to a party in Malibu where there were naked women in the hot tub," one of Craig's employees told Bloomberg. During this year's South By Southwest conference, when one BetterWork's party looked like it was going to have too many bros on hand, Craig reportedly called in nearly 50 UT Austin sorority girls.
Lerer may have struggled to pop a magnum bottle of champagne at his startup's 2009 pool party in the Hamptons. But the CEO of Thrillist and partner at Lerer Ventures has had finer moments. Like the time he flew 150 people to Jamaica for a three-day island party, or when he hosted a roof-top event in Miami with acrobats, fire dancers and the Miami Heat's dance team. In short, this former UPenn frat boy knows how to shake off a hangover, somehow splitting time between ridiculous benders and his duties as a CEO and VC. Disclosure: Ben Lerer's father, Kenneth Lerer, was a co-founder of The Huffington Post.
Cuban sold his tech startup Broadcast.com to Yahoo! in 1999 for $5.9 billion. Back then, during the height of the last tech bubble, dot-com parties were all the rage. Though Cuban has moved to ventures in other industries, he often evokes the spirit of the late '90s tech world with swank, over-the-top soirees. Cuban reportedly dropped $130,000 at the Miami hot-spot LIV the night his Dallas Mavericks won the championship, he's hosted a private Bon Jovi concert at his mansion and he's boys with Lil' Wayne. Enough said. Photo: Director Spike Lee and Mark Cuban arrive at Super Bowl Party hosted by Cuban's HDNet at Victory Park on February 5, 2011 in Dallas.
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