10 Things You Didn't Know About The Fappening

A few things you didn't know about the most popular topic on the internet.

Unless you've been living on the moon with both fingers literally in each ear then you're probably familiar with the recent phenomenon that has been coined "The Fappening". To put it in a nutshell: on August 31, 2014, a collection of almost 200 private pictures of various celebrities - including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and more - were posted on the imageboard 4chan. They were quickly disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur, Tumblr and of course Reddit. It€™s not entirely clear who uploaded the photos, or how many people were involved, but it's safe to assume that simply due to the sheer volume of the images that they were indeed hacked and not "leaked" by the celebrities themselves (as a small minority of internet trolls have suggested). For those who aren't familiar with the term "Fappening", it is a mixture of €˜the happening€™ €“ quite simply, what€™s going on €“ and the slang term €˜fapping,€™ meaning masturbation. Many journalists have criticized this term for more or less making a mockery of the situation. However, for better or worse this is the term that seems to be the most recognizable so it's the term we'll be using today. On September 20, 2014 a second batch of similar private photos of additional celebrities was leaked by hackers with promises of more to come. So, with the situation still in full swing, we thought we'd share a few things with you that you may not have known. And just to save you some time. No, we will not be posting any links to the photos in question. So with that said, this is ten things you didn't know about "The Fappening".

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