Review of the Most Hated Man on the Internet Rating *****
What happens when a psychopath suddenly finds themselves with a cult following? The answer can be found by watching this three-episode Netflix docuseries.
The internet is full of crazies. The anonymity offered by hiding behind a computer screen gives people free rein to say whatever cruel thoughts cross their minds. Hunter Moore’s IsAnyoneUp.com was a magnet for these types of people.
Revenge porn is not new. Bitter ex-partners have been posting intimate images of their exes on local sites and sharing those images in texts and emails from the time the first camera phones came on the market. What Hunter Moore did was provide a platform where these same people could upload their photos and have those images subjected to ridicule from anyone logging on to the site. What he didn’t count on were the lengths one victim’s mom would take to make him accountable for his immoral and unethical behavior.
The first episode begins with the story of Kayla Laws, whose topless photo ended up on the site. One part of the story is how the picture wound up on the site. The other part concerns Kayla and her mom’s efforts to have the image removed. Along the way, viewers hear from numerous other victims about the devastating effect of having unwanted pictures of themselves on the internet and how that has negatively affected their lives.
When the law finally catches up with Hunter Moore, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime except for one provision – Hunter Moore can no longer have a social media presence. The government de-platformed him. That is the best punishment of all. Additionally, Charlotte Laws has helped pass non-consensual image abuse laws in numerous states.
The producing team behind this series also produced the docuseries The Tinder Swindler and Don’t F^&K With Cats.