A UN speech delivered by Emma Waston went viral over the weekend. Screengrab: YouTube. The threat also came after the invasive theft and distribution of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence , Kate Upton and many others less than a month ago. Many had been wondering if the photos actually exist and would be making their debut at the end of the countdown, but it has been confirmed that the whole thing is a hoax. According to a Reddit post , emmayouarenext. This message now replaces the countdown clock. Screengrab: emmayouarenext. Both emmayouarenext. FoxWeekly was also the first to report the news of the potential Emma Waston nude release.
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It is never explicitly stated what the site is counting down to, but it follows a wave of new leaked photographs posted on 4chan of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, and other stars who were included on the original list of celebrities affected by the iCloud hack. Emma You Are Next. However, while it's not outlandish to claim that Emma Watson may have fallen victim to the same iCloud security exploit that has affected other female celebrities, it's likely that the countdown site is nothing more than a prank designed to increase the notoriety of anonymous message board 4chan. The site's anonymous users often launch pranks and hoaxes to laugh at other internet users and also to further worsen the site's reputation. In the past, 4chan users have tried to persuade people to microwave their iPhones , break their Xbox consoles , EndFathersDay , and self-harm for Justin Bieber. Fake countdown sites are a classic tactic for internet pranksters. In , a prankster created a countdown site promising to reveal a message from Brian , the dog who died in the TV show Family Guy. Again in , a cryptic site was revealed that seemed to hint at a new game in the blockbuster "Fallout" series. The site's creator eventually owned up to the prank, remarking "I'm a douche," after thousands of internet users investigated the countdown's origins.
After designing the hoax to go to bat for celebs, Rantic.com is facing backlash.
But while more than 68, men worldwide have so far signed on to the HeforShe campaign, some users on the notorious 4chan message board have allegedly threatened to expose nude pictures of Watson. Is it a coincidence that this comes right after her speech? Probably not. Some suspect that the countdown signals the upcoming release of nude photos of Watson, since 4chan has been blamed for the leaks of other nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna. But some 4chan users have allegedly denied that any user has the nudes in the first place. Write to Charlotte Alter at charlotte.
Update: The story of "the Emma Watson nude pics threat" has gotten a fresh twist. It is now clear that the countdown website that threatened to post nude pictures of actress was actually not by started by 4Chan's anonymous users but rather by a social media company called Rantic. If you go on the EmmaYouarenext website now, you'll see that the group actually aims to shut down 4Chan. According to the post on the site, Rantic claims to " have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention.