iCloud Hack and Media Response

In the day and age of naked selfies the iCloud leak is a new invasion of privacy. Picture belongs to Gisela Giardino.

In the day and age of naked selfies the iCloud leak is a new invasion of privacy. Picture belongs to Gisela Giardino.


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. 





7 responses to “iCloud Hack and Media Response

  1. I only have two Apple products, my laptop and my iPod. So I must admit that I am not too familiar with the iCloud, because I don’t use it. However, I did hear about the nude pictures of celebrities getting leaked. I’m also glad that some of the media was informing people that even though we can look at these pictures because they’re now available to us, doesn’t mean that we necessarily should. I do kind of agree that if you look at those pictures you are close to just as bad as the people who posted them in the first place. Those pictures were meant to stay private, not public. It’s unfortunate that stuff like this happens, but it isn’t something. Stuff like this has happened in the past, like you mentioned.

  2. I think it’s quite unfortunate how people are so determined to leak nude images of celebrities. In J104 we talked about if it was ethical to tweet the picture of the beheaded soldier. While this case scenario is different, it brings up an ethical debate. I agree with the comment above that the pictures were meant to stay private, and leaking this information could harm someone’s reputation.

    I personally feel that informing the public about the pictures is enough coverage of the subject matter. The person this happened to, celebrity or not, is already mortified, so there’s no reason to make them feel worse about their private property leaking onto the internet.

  3. I thought the media handled this leak very differently then they’ve handled other celebrity nude pictures. In the past it seems as though it’s been handled as scandalous gossip news. Many simply reported it as news and didn’t actually take a stance. As you spoke about in your post, many publications took the time to speak about why the leak was wrong and encouraged readers not to look at the photos. It’s nice to see journalists that are willing to write about what may be considered an unpopular opinion.

  4. I’ve read a number of articles about this because I find it interesting. It also makes me question how safe these “saving” programs are, but that’s beside the point. I think the way the media handled this is very professional. It would be so easy for this to turn into a major news story, with celebrities being torn down left and right. The fact that they are taking time to tell people to leave these celebrities alone is big of them. You will always have gossip sites who blow happenings like this out of proportion and bring more drama than needed, but seeing major news sources like The Guardian telling their readers to keep away is really refreshing.

  5. I can’t say I was surprised that these nude photos were leaked, because photos like this seem to get into the media pretty often, but I do agree that the media response to the iCloud hacking was more mature and respectful than it has been in the past. It would be easy to let these photos blow up social media with negative comments about how if celebrities didn’t want these photos to be seen they shouldn’t have taken them, but even in the age of constant social media postings it was nice to see the media respond with sympathy and defending the right to privacy celebrities still maintain, just like the rest of us. Just because someone is in the public eye doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve respect and a right to a private life, and I think it’s about time the media has acknowledged this fact.

    • I completely agree with you regarding the public’s response to the situation. One of the most interesting things I have heard about this “scandal” is that people are saying it shouldn’t be called a “scandal” at all, it should be called a “sex crime”. I wholeheartedly agree. The term scandal implies that the person in the photos was in the wrong that they shouldn’t have taken them or should have known they might get out, no blame is placed on the hacker. But labeling it a “sex crime” does the exact opposite, it places the blame on the hacker for invading privacy and ruining the victim’s reputation. This is the way we should view this situation, as a sex crime rather than a scandal.

      • Lauren Kassien

        You bring up a very interesting point. I completely agree that this whole ordeal should be labeled as a “sex crime” as opposed to a “celebrity scandal” because that’s what it was. People were violated, and the victims were hurt. I think this fact really emphasizes the media’s responsibility. By taking this story seriously, the media is influencing readers to do so, too, which is an important step forward in making sure crimes like these don’t happen again.

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