The Most Hated Man on the Internet is Netlfix’s new true crime documentary that you don’t want and shouldn’t miss.
The three-part series explores the amazing story of Hunter Moore, founder of the revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp.com, and Charlotte Lowes’ struggle to stop him.
Most importantly, The Most Hated Person on the Internet raises awareness of revenge pornography, its victims, the power of social media and the impact of trolling, project director Robert Miller told Newsweek of the firm intention.
He said, “I think it’s important to emphasize that this is a historical story, but the issue is so modern that Hunter Moore is in a way much more. There are people doing some horrible things and some kind of so-called revenge porn, and there is a huge amount of bullying online. So we really hope that people will look at this and think not only about the real world, but also about the online world that we all live in and how what they write online can have such a big impact on others. »
In 2010, Moore created the site IsAnyoneUp.com, which hosted explicit images and videos of people, and in most cases without their consent. Often the images were recovered by hacking with the help of hacker Charles Evens.
In January 2014, Moore was arrested by the FBI on charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to a secure computer, and aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his crimes and was fined $2,000 in November 2015. He also had to pay $145 in compensation to the victims.
Despite the depravity of Moore’s actions and his lack of remorse, it was not Moore himself who most shocked and surprised director Rob Miller and producer Vicki Miller.
Things That Shocked the Creators of the Most Hated Men on the Internet
1. “Cult” sequel to Hunter Moore
At its peak, Hunter Moore’s website, IsAnyoneUp.com, had 350,000 unique users per day, and Moore had over 30,000 followers on Twitter, which was quite a lot in the early days of Twitter.
Along with the images, Moore also included the victim’s social media accounts, which inevitably allowed IsAnyoneUp.com to contact them if they so desired. Moore also published other identifying factors, such as images of victims’ families, places of work, and city of residence.
Hunter Moore’s photo of the most hated person Netflix on the internet.
Director Robert Miller said, “I think what really surprised me was not only Hunter Moore and his behaviour, but the fact that he kind of amassed an unusual cult following like this, there were thousands of people kind of cheering him on.” worship him and put him on some kind of pedestal.
He continued: “I think it makes you think about the type of human nature and the Internet. So, I immediately felt that this was something mean, that someone should stop, and yet there were so many people who did not feel sympathy, who did not empathize with the victims and encouraged him to more extreme behavior. »
2. IsAnyoneUp.com comment section
Not only did IsAnyoneUp.com allow people to upload explicit images and videos anonymously (in addition to Moore’s orchestrated hacking of email accounts to obtain the images), Moore also included a comments section where site visitors could comment on the images.
In most cases, none of the comments were positive.
As seen in The Most Hated Man on the Internet, the comments often criticized the person’s appearance, others made death threats, and other site visitors praised Moore for his brutality.
Robert Miller shared that looking at the comments left on IsAnyoneUp.com, he was completely blown away by how “violent, aggressive and mean” they were.
He shared, “I think another thing I just found quite shocking is the comments left and how violent, aggressive and mean they are.
“I think there are a lot of documentaries that say they use the term ‘cyberbullying’ and give a few examples, but in the show we did, you really feel it, you feel so bad, so bad. that’s cute. really intuitive and I think that was important. This may be construed as shocking by some, but it is important because this is the reality that many people post today on social media and the Internet.
James McGibney in The Most Hated Man on the Internet on Netflix. He bought Moore’s website in 2012, shutting down IsAnyoneUp.com.
3. Working with victims
In The Most Hated Man on the Internet, some of Moore’s victims boldly spoke about their experiences, and when their images appeared on IsAnyoneUp.com, their lives changed.
One of Moore’s victims, Destiny Benedict, known to IsAnyoneUp.com fans as “Butt Girl,” posed for a series of images and videos in the hope that Moore would remove a photo of her kids site that was attached to images of a sexual nature. from her.
Kirra Hughes, Moore’s model and ex-girlfriend, also opened up about her relationship with him when the internet’s most hated man was growing up and when she realized what he was up to.
One of Hunter Moore’s victims, Destiny Benedict in The Most Hated Man on the Internet.
Producer Vicki Miller said, “The other thing that really shocked me was dealing with victims and how much of an impact it had on their lives, and I think my attitude from 2022 when I got into it was “it happens all the time” and y’all know people it’s happened to but that’s what happens and i guess i never thought about stopping and thinking about it in more detail i guess number one what impact it really has on someone.
“I was surprised how much it really hurt and changed people, and I think that is one of the reasons for this, especially for our women. [in The Most Hated Man on the Internet] and I’m sure this is happening now, but especially for our women, because it was in the early days [the internet] and it wasn’t like that before.
“At the time they were still making up a term for it and so I think it made it even more traumatic and terrifying for them. It was not common, as we see now. It was the beginning and it must have been so scary. We’re used to seeing this stuff or understanding it circulating on the Internet, but I think they weren’t used to it at the time. even more shocking, even more revealing and making them feel even more vulnerable. »
Robert Miller recalls a conversation with Kayla Lowes, whose intimate and personal images were posted on IsAnyoneUp.com after they were hacked.
He said: “I remember talking to Kayla and when she told us about the publication for the first time. I mean, he had tears in his eyes, it was so alive and immediate, and the legacy of that time in his life was so obvious. »
Daniel in The Most Hated Man on the Internet. Danielle was one of Hunter Moore’s victims and images of her were uploaded to IsAnyoneUp.com.
4. IsAnyoneUp.com was “almost mainstream”
As of 2013, 48 states have passed revenge porn laws, but it is not a federal crime.
In 2010, there were no laws criminalizing Moore’s behavior, which meant he was difficult to arrest.
Today, sites like IsAnyoneUp.com could be found in the dark corners of the internet known as the “dark web” or shut down, but by the 2010s, IsAnyoneUp.com was big, public, and global.
Moore also became a well-known figure, frequently appearing on American talk shows to brag about IsAnyoneUp.com and defend himself against any form of criticism.
Vicki Miller said: “This was not some dark corner of the Internet. The fact of the matter is that it was almost a common thing. It started in a small corner and it moved.
“It was about Anderson Cooper and Dr. Drew, he [Moore] was one of the biggest people on twitter and i think what’s interesting at the time is that it’s a dark corner now, i think it’s going to be pushed into the darknet but at the time because the internet was a different place at the time when it was sort of mainstream and sort of accepted, and I know when it was mainstream it was questioned in the discussions on the show and everything else, but in a way it was kind of a challenge, it wasn’t completed and I think it’s an exciting thing that has been almost mainstream. Whereas now I thought it would be more darknet. »
The Most Hated Man on the Internet is currently streaming on Netflix.