I have been using Apple products for years and I can say that iCloud has saved me several times when my phone broke over the summer. I was able to recover all my contacts, text, apps and pictures . On August 31, 2014 Apples iCloud was hacked and over 200 pictures of different celebrities posing in the nude where spread all over the internet.
While every news organization jumped on to cover the story. The moral question was do you link to the pictures in the coverage of the story? Or do you just let readers know that the pictures are out there and that they can find them on their own?According to the Washington Post “They (the Pictures) quickly spilled to Reddit, where thousands purveyed it under the handle of “the Fappening” — “fap” means to masturbate — before the news reached Buzzfeed and the rest of the viral media gang.”
I believe that many journalist and people will feel sympathetic to the celebrities, but on the other hand this leak of private, personal sexual expression is not new. Celebritie sex tapes have been being leak for year. Now that the generation has changed people are taking more nude selfies. It was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to leak those as well.
The media outlets that covered this story where very good about giving the facts and details with out invading the celebrities personal life any more. The media actually responded with articles that talked about how people should not look at these pictures. In a article by The Guardian the writer Van Badham talks about how if you take the time to view these pictures you are no better then the people who posted them. According to Badham “It’s not merely tawdry that the private sexual conversations of partners are now being disseminated like memes. Sharing these images is not the same as making a joke including characters such as Doge, Grumpy Catand Sad Keanu. It’s an act of sexual violation, and it deserves the same social and legal punishment as meted out to stalkers and other sexual predators.”
In a age where people have access to any information with a few clicks on a keyboard, its nice to know that the media is still taking the time to let us know that just becasue we can look at these pictures doesn’t mean we should.