Threat to post Emma Watson nude photos appears to be hoax

Threat to post Emma Watson nude photos appears to be hoax

HDPhotos-4U  ⋅  04 Oct 2014 10:30:54

It was seen, at first, as a backlash. When online threats emerged at the weekend to release naked photographs of the actor Emma Watson, many felt it was a hostile response to a barnstorming speech the Harry Potter star had just given to the UN about women’s rights.But in a series of bizarre twists, a website claiming to belong to an online marketing company said on Wednesday that it had made up the threat as a publicity stunt to shut down the notorious messageboard 4chan – only for further claims to emerge that the entire episode was the work of hoaxers. In fact, neither the marketing company – nor the naked photographs – appear to exist.What now appears to be a tasteless online spoof first emerged on Saturday, when a website entitled EmmaYouAreNext.com appeared featuring an image of the actor next to a countdown.It appeared to refer to a mass hacking in August of naked celebrity photographs from their Apple iCloud accounts (which Watson had condemned on Twitter) and featured the message: “Never Forget, The Biggest To Come Thus Far”, along with the logo of 4chan. Users of the anarchic image-based messageboard have been blamed for coordinating numerous internet hoaxes and attacks.There was initial scepticism in some quarters, with some questioning why, if photographs of Watson existed at all, they had not been released alongside images of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and others as part of the iCloud hack.On Wednesday it seemed that the doubters had been right, when the countdown was removed from the EmmaYouAreNext.com website, to be replaced by the logo “Shut down 4Chan”, and a letter to Barack Obama calling for the messageboard to be closed down.The letter to Obama claims the website was the work of Rantic.com, a “social media marketing enterprise”. “Dear Barack Obama, We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention,” it reads. “The recent

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