The leak of nude photographs of more than 100 celebrities shook Hollywood on Sunday as a number of popular stars such as Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco and Jesicca Brown Findlay of "Downton Abbey" were among the victims of the scandal.
This mass leak has been dubbed by the media as "The Fappening," a combination of Happening and Fap, a slang for masturbation.
"The Fappening" is also the title of a subreddit, a thread dedicated to the leaked photographs, and on Wednesday it was temporarily down due to heavy traffic. The Fappening subreddit description notes that it is dedicated to the "series of nude photographs featuring various high profile celebrities leaked on 4chan in late August of 2014. This subreddit is for those leaked photographs, as well anything related to the leak."
And because the board's rules prevent posting explicit photographs of underage people, 2012 Olympic gold-medalist McKayla Maroney's pictures were banned from Reddit on Tuesday, as the Olympian was underage when the photos were taken.
Reddit sent a message to its users stating that "Effective immediately: any images/galleries/torrents/megadumps/etc containing McKayla Maroney or Liz Lee will be immediately due to the fact that they were underage (<18) in the photos taken," reported Fox News.
The site also noted that Lee "was not part of the leaks, but people have been posting her images anyways. Liz's pictures were taken in 2007 when she was 16 years old by an ex of hers."
Maroney is yet to confirm that the pictures are hers, and when the images were leaked on Sunday, she took to Twitter to say that they were fake.
the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ
— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
She followed it up with another tweet thanking her fans for their support. "Shout out to my fans for defending me all day long.. even when things got weird u stood by me. and that meant the world," she wrote.
However, recent reports claim that Maroney is considering taking legal action and her attorney has sent letters to numerous websites to explain that the gymnast owns the photos that were hacked.