The leak of dozens of stolen celebrity nude photographs has taken a bizarre new twist, as Twitter users are being asked to post their own naked selfies with the hashtag "leak4jlaw" in solidarity with actress Jennifer Lawrence whose private photos were hacked. That perverse movement was started by users of the message board 4chan. However, it appears that " leak4jlaw" has backfired. Many people on Twitter are making fun of the hashtag -- the latest in a long list of weird and sometimes offensive or dangerous ideas concocted by people who frequent the 4chan website. For example, if you were ever the victim of a "rickroll" -- clicked on a link, only to be redirected to a Rick Astley music video -- you can thank 4chan for coming up with that prank. They helped the amateur music video "Chocolate Rain" go viral. But 4chan users also hacked Sarah Palin's personal email account, and they spread the false rumor that Steve Jobs had died of a heart attack -- some three years before his actual death from cancer. While some 4chan message boards are innocuous, others are not safe for work, full of anonymously posted content too obscene or racist to show on television.
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Tens of thousands of pictures have been obtained by hackers from Snapchat users, and some have apparently already been posted on 4chan and other websites. The hackers say that they obtained the pictures through an app linked to Snapchat, which allows users to save pictures for a longer time than the service typically allows. The hack means tens of thousands of pictures that Snapchat users thought were gone are actually starting to circulate online, appearing on 4chan and other websites such as Viral Pop. They have set a temporary deadline of October 12, Hackers discussing the pictures on 4chan said that about , pictures will be appearing online soon. And one said that there are lots of nude pictures among the trove.
IN a post a forum user proposed the idea of getting women to take off their clothes by tricking them that they are showing solidarity to their idol. In a post published today entitled The Chance For The Worldwide Trolling Of A Lifetime, a forum user proposes the idea of getting women to take off their clothes by tricking them that they are showing solidarity to their idol in a savvy social media campaign. The post, written by an anonymous 4Chan member , reads: "The goal: Hundreds of thousands of girls are going to post their own topless and nude photos to Twitter, Facebook and Tumbler while holding handwritten "solidarity for Jennifer" signs. A disturbing chain of messages follows showing other anonymous users discussing the best ways to execute the criminal trickery. Solidarity with a side of "don't slut shame me". Do it m8," wrote one user. Buzzfeed reports that the forum users then set up fake Twitter accounts and uploaded nude photos of girls using the hashtag leakforjlaw. Mirror Online found a number of women had posted nude selfies under the hashtag - although we cannot say for sure whether these were posted by the hackers.