Services|December 10, 2011| Author: Kim LaCapria|Tags:

IsAnyoneUp, ‘Revenge Porn’ Site, Targeted by Facebook Cease and Desist

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It’s often said that one should never exchange naked pictures with anyone lest the relationship turn sour and a jilted ex use them vengefully to cause their former lover shame and public embarrassment.

However, until recently, this proved somewhat of an idle threat. Pics could be posted, to be sure, but there was no central clearinghouse for anonymously shaming your erstwhile companion with compromising pictures or other NC-17 bits of information- until IsAnyoneUp hit the web. Now, the seething masses can dump all their damaging information to one place, complete with screenshots of their victims’ Facebook accounts confirming the unwitting amateur porn stars’ identities. (Although many of the pics just look like second-rate porn shots.)

So it’s probably no surprise Facebook has taken issue with the existence of the site and tried to beat it back with its team of legal advisors. To be clear, the idea behind the site is horrific, the concept a form of sexual assault and hopefully something that will disappear from the web naturally as soon as possible. But it seems that from a Facebook-involvement standpoint, the social network may not have grounds to object to the site’s creepy actions- like that episode of SVU where Stephanie Cabot gets yelled at by the judge because she plays “fast and loose” with violating the Fourth Amendment by proxy and argues that the defendant can’t object to someone else’s rights being violated.

Facebook commented:

“Protecting the people who use Facebook is a top priority and we will take action against those who violate our terms.”

Do you think IsAnyoneUp will stay legal and high-profile?