As in the case of Hunter Moore and his Revenge Porn, Danny believes that the cycle of revenge will nearly always drag innocent people under.
Back in March I did a post on Hunter Moore. For those of you who do not know Moore up until fairly recently operated a site called isanyoneup.com. The site was a forum in which people could submit sexual, lewd, or otherwise inappropriate pictures of people. Along with these photos, actual identifying information such as real name, location, and online aliases were published as well. The purpose of the site? To give people a chance to get back at those that harmed them.
Moore’s site was what many call a “revenge porn” site. Revenge porn is the public (mostly online) distribution of images of people with the sole purpose of humiliating the subject in order to get back at them for something that person did. After being hurt himself in the past (heart broken by a girlfriend and sexually assaulted by a male coworker) it seemed like Moore had emptied his heart out and decided to open a venue in which he would profit from revenge.
But revenge is rarely that simple. Often times when it comes to righting a wrong (or maybe acting out an overwhelming desire that things had gone differently) the damage is not always limited to the ones who are targeted. It is the never-ending chase to satisfy feelings of pain in a way that usually prove empty and meaningless. Even if we aren’t destroyed in said chase, innocent bystanders can very easily get caught up in the mix.
For example, when Moore was running his site he had issues with people trying to submit images of under-aged children to his site (which is also part of why he sold the site to the anti-bullying site Bullyville). Even though he appears to have been diligent about not allowing it through and reporting it to authorities, there is no guarantee that he nothing inappropriate or illegal was published.
Also, can it honestly be said that all the people who were displayed on isanyoneup really did something to the person that submitted the picture? Could it be that in some cases submitting photos to Moore’s site was not an act of revenge but rather the first strike against another person, who then may have gone on to search for their own revenge?
It is extremely easy for a thirst for revenge to get out of hand and hurt people who had nothing to do with the original offense.
People say that the way to defeat hate (and there is no doubt revenge is a variation of hate) is with love. But how do you get a person poisoned by hate to see, feel, and find the love that will treat the poison and ease their pain?
As it stands now, it looks like Moore may have had less-than-honest motives for selling the isanyoneup site. According to the tech site Gizmodo, it looks like he may be under investigation by the FBI.
Is it possible that Hunter sold the site not because he was trying to move on past all the pain, but because he was trying to get the stink of Internet crimes off of him?