Laws are complicated, people are dumb

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Pictured above, Justin Moore, the creator of IsAnyoneUp.com. 

I read a really interesting article today and there are so many points to comment on, I don’t know where to start.

First of all, I seem to be so busy working, that I forget to actually pay attention to what is happening in the world around me. True story: I still don’t know the story behind Chris Christie. In any case, I hadn’t heard about Hunter Moore either.

Apparently, this guy was running a site called IsAnyoneUp in which angry exes would send in “revenge porn” as penance for their former someone breaking up with them. Essentially, “Oh you don’t love me anymore? Well, let’s just show the whole world your breasts.” Classy, people.

In any case, I am most interested about the law involved in this arrest. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was created to protect ISP’s from liability for user generated content. If you are thinking we should just do away with the law and put people like Moore behind bars sooner, then you fail to realize what I realized the first time: it puts legitimate sites in danger.

Do I think that porn industries should be protected? Absolutely not. But what about Yelp, which posts reviews of different restaurants by users who visited and tasted the cuisine? Let’s say they thought it tasted like they dumped it on the floor and suggested the owner worked for the artist formerly known as Hitler. They would be subject to libel, but the lawsuit would be directed at Yelp if they were not protected by section 230 because they have more money than the individual to sue for. In short, this law is completely necessary, but alterations certainly could be made.

The thing that really blows my mind is that they didn’t find him sooner. It wasn’t like he was keeping this site a secret. In fact, Moore made a lot of money off of this site since its conception in 2009. According to personal testimony, Moore made about $13,000 every month.

If there is a silver lining to any of this sliminess, the fact that the perpetrator sent in all underage photos to authorities helps protect the internet from becoming a treasure trove to gross child pornographer hoarders.

There are so many facets to this article. Let me know what you take away from the news.

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