Following the release of Netflix’s new docu-series The Most Hated Man On The Internet, people are curious to know what the IsAnyoneUp.com creator said during his 2011 interview with Anderson Cooper.
The streaming giant’s new three-part series centres around the controversy of Moore’s IsAnyoneUp.com. While exploring the rise of the site, Moore’s interview with Anderson Cooper is mentioned as it is credited with pushing the site into the mainstream.
Now some are curious to know what Moore said during his interview with Anderson Cooper. Let’s take a look…
When did Hunter Moore appear on Anderson?
Moore featured on CNN broadcaster Anderson Cooper’s syndicated daytime talk show in November 2011.
At the time, Cooper’s eponymous show had only been on the air for a short period, having launched two months prior in September 2011.
During Moore’s appearance on the show, the creator of IsAnyoneUp.com came face to face with two people that had been posted on his site.
Both victims had intimate photos of themselves published on IsAnyoneUp.com, which were accompanied by pictures of their Facebook profiles that included their real names.
What did Hunter Moore say during his Anderson Cooper talk show feature?
During Moore’s appearance on Anderson, he was questioned on his intentions for his IsAnyoneUp.com site as well as the controversy that it had faced.
Near the start of the discussion, Cooper asked if Moore felt bad as he highlighted how the site creator didn’t know the people in the photos. Responding to Cooper, Moore admitted that not knowing the people helped. He explained: “It’s kind of what makes it easier. It is all anonymous, I don’t know these people.”
Anderson then pointed out that he was sitting beside two people that had been featured on the site, with Moore adding: “No one put a gun to your head and made you take these pictures. It’s 2011, everything’s on the internet.”
After one of the victims spoke out about the site featuring pictures without people’s permission, Moore went on to say: “There is one easy way to never end up on my website, is by taking those photos.”
The site creator later discussed how his site could be interpreted as ‘educating’ others on technology. While responding to Anderson’s question on if he thought what he was doing was right, Moore said: “I mean, just looking at my website, It should just kind of educate you on technology.”
Moore also explained he thought the blame should not be on himself and instead should be on the people who were submitting the photos to his site.
Anderson interview launched site into the mainstream
As per a 2012 Buzzfeed article, Moore’s feature on Anderson Cooper’s show reportedly led to the site receiving national attention.
The same year, Rolling Stone dubbed him the most hated man on the internet and reported following the interview that more “hardcore” content began being submitted to the site. The site was later closed down in April of 2012 after Moore was persuaded to sell the domain to an anti-bullying website.
In 2015, Moore pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting in the unauthorized access of a computer. He was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
He also had to pay a $2,000 fine and $145.70 in restitution, and received an order to delete all the data on his seized computers.
He was released from prison in May 2017.