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Craig Brittain, Owner of Revenge Porn Hub Is Anybody Down, Says He’s Shutting Down the Site

"Say good night to the bad guy."
Mr. Brittain (Photo: CBS Denver)

Mr. Brittain (Photo: CBS Denver)

Update: Even As He Promises to Close ‘Is Anybody Down,’ Craig Brittain Covertly Plans a New Revenge Porn Site

This afternoon Craig Brittain, the proprietor of revenge porn platform Is Anybody Down, announced on his Twitter feed that the site will be shutting down. In a series of tweets, Mr. Brittain wrote that the site, which allows scorned lovers to upload intimate photos of their exes without consent, will shut down entirely within 24 hours. “The website, Is Anybody Down, will completely end,” he tweeted.

Mr. Brittain said he would provide more information soon and that the site is not being shuttered because of outside pressures, but instead because he “made a personal decision to end Is Anybody Down.”

Is Anybody Down cropped up as a copycat of Hunter Moore’s notorious Is Anyone Up, after Mr. Moore sold off IAU as a prank. The site has landed Mr. Brittain in a lot of hot water recently. Is Anybody Down purports to have an independent partnership with Takedown Hammer, a service that will strip your naked photo from Is Anybody Down for a $250 fee. Several sources have told Betabeat that they have definitive proof that Takedown Hammer is also operated by Mr. Brittain. CBS News Denver employed a security researcher to do an investigation, who determined that the emails from Mr. Brittain and the person supposedly running Takedown Hammer were sent from the same IP address. Mr. Brittain denied the findings.

Another investigation conducted by CBS Denver found that Mr. Brittain had posed as women on Craigslist in order to collect naked photos of women to populate Is Anybody Down.

Mr. Brittain has historically been rather flip about his practices–“I call it entertainment,” he said recently of the site–but his tweets seem to indicate that he’s had a change of heart. “A number of reasons contributed to my decision to end Is Anybody Down. Mostly my personal feelings,” he tweeted, adding, “The realization that my life is empty without love and friendship is really the biggest motivating factor behind the change.”

He continues:

https://twitter.com/CraigRSBrittain/status/319917883931103232

https://twitter.com/CraigRSBrittain/status/319918047160827904

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https://twitter.com/CraigRSBrittain/status/319918463500034048

Though the tweets seem sincere, they’re worth taking with a grain of salt. Mr. Moore, whom Mr. Brittain has modeled himself after over the last year, also appeared to have a change of heart before enthusiastically diving back into the revenge porn industry.

Mr. Brittain also updated his Twitter bio:

Just a boy who wanted to be loved, but never was. The last of my kind, they don’t make people like me anymore. Say good night to the bad guy.

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