The recent 4chan-facilitated leak of nude celebrity photos, dubbed "The Fappening" by internet users, has been completely stopped in its tracks thanks to legal threats and action taken on behalf of those pictured in the images. The combined power of the law firms tasked by celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Susan Boyle to prevent the further spread of their private nude photographs has paid dividends: there are no longer any copies of the imagery on the whole of the internet.
"It's unprecendented," said internet security expert Mike Rollins-Collins. "All of the images - every single one - has disappeared. It's almost like how Snapchat was supposed to work... they've been around for a bit, then *poof!* like magic they've dissolved. The legal threats have absolutely worked. Go solicitors!"
A new trade in peddling virus-laden fakes of the celebrity photos has now begun in earnest, with some copies of Lawrence, drenched in egg-whites, selling for as much as $3.19 on eBay. The item has since been removed.
Law firms have before attempted to remove imagery that celebrities would like 'forgotten'. Beyonce's lawyers previously attempted to have removed a particularly unflattering of a "man-ish" image of herself during a concert, suggesting that they would remove all copies of it from the whole of the internet. Barbra Streisand similarly attempted to have images of her home removed from internet mapping companies, only to find her efforts have the opposite effect, and actually increasing the desire for people to discover her home.
Prolific 4chan user "Anon", declared the playground now cleared of bullies.
"Lawrence, Duntz, Gomez et al must be ecstatic with the response here; now they can safely take more nude photos of themselves and upload them to cloud-based photo services, safe in the knowledge that no-one can get at them."