Monica Foster commentary: THANK GOD this site is down - all the people who were victims of it now hopefully can have peace. Now I just pray that the websites and people that continue to victimize, stalk and bully myself and my family will vanish.
from www.zdnet.com - Revenge porn website IsAnyoneUp.com has been the most famous source for sexualized bullying - now it has been sold and converted to an anti-bullying resource.
In a surprising turn, one-proud bully and site owner Hunter Moore has sold IsAnyoneUp for an undisclosed sum to BullyVille.com, a resource that helps targets of bullying online and off.
In a letter on BullyVille today he announced that the site is “down for good” and he claims to have come to the realization “the damage that bullying can do.”
You made it possible for me to have the best life and made me realize what people will do for a few extra friend requests & followers on twitter.
I never got to take in everything while it was happening because it was going so fast even though there was drama and lots of tears and pissed off parents, I feel blessed and thankful for all of you who came here to support me.
I’ve become friends with the founder of BullyVille, CupidVille, CheaterVille and KarmaVille and he helped me realize that my talents in the programming and social networking world could be channeled in a positive way and we spoke about ways to move on, which is ultimately what I’ve decided to do.
I might do some writing on bullyville.com to help people who have been bullied; I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I am putting this message up on Bullyville.com to stand up for underage bullying.
I think it’s important that everyone realizes the damage that online bullying can cause.
It’s tough to believe a guy that cashed in his fame chips going on national TV and news outlets to brag about the cease and desist letters he amassed, the joy he got from humiliating and destroying lives of those he felt deserved torment, a stabbing in his own driveway, and multiple lawsuits.
Back in January of this year Moore had been seeking investors for IsAnyoneUp. In this effort, he’d sponsored parties during the Las Vegas porn convention (AVN/AEE), and attempted to launch an IsAnyoneUp iTunes app.
Moore has made a reputation not only on the aggressive and often nonconsensual content of IsAnyoneUp, but he is almost equally known for being unrepentant and proud of humiliating those that ended up on his website - playing up the mean-spirited nature of online harassment and publicly joking about victims.
IsAnyoneUp.com made its fame on photos submitted anonymously to Moore by angry exes, which Moore would publish, often with stills of the nonconsenting subject’s social network profiles and other identifying personal information.
IsAnyoneUp wasn’t only a nonconsensual “revenge porn” site - it was also a cult spot for emo and metal bands. This community fueled Moore’s party planning beginnings, and he’s been recently hosting notorious IsAnyoneUp parties on the Las Vegas strip.
In Moore’s letter he states that his decision was also fueled by being tired of “all the legal drama.”
The San Francisco resident now wants to use his “talents in the social networking and programming world” to organize and throw wild parties to benefit “a range of causes” with WePartyForACause.net.
Moore’s move is interesting, even if he’s actually unapologetic. On Twitter, he’s getting heat from people that don’t buy Moore’s change of heart:
Fester Trim @SpaghettiJesus
Dear @Huntermoore, your letter is a joke. You're a scumbag and a horrible human being. Attempting to salvage your soul is pointless. Lulz.
19 Apr 12
And as Gawker points out, Moore is enjoying the chance to respond to his Twitter critics saying he will, “f*ck everyone you know and get them pregnant and (…)”
Can I suggest that Moore’s first benefit be for Without My Consent?