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We sit down with notorious Universal leaker HateToFly

Live Active Cultures: Who's behind all those Universal Orlando scoops?

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Hate is cautious about what he shares, claiming he keeps a lot of content under cover. “I always get approval [to post information] because I don’t want to disrespect anybody. They share this stuff with me in confidence.” Vetting leaks for deliberate misinformation is another challenge. “Any time I get information from somebody I don’t already know, I will automatically go to the people I know and trust and run all the information by them. It’s a checks-and-balances type thing.” As for his sources’ motivations, he says, “They are proud of their work, they love what they do [and] they just want to share it.”

Universal is obviously aware of Hate’s activities. “I’ve been questioned inside the park a few times,” Hate says. “I have been followed by security, [and] Orlando United has been contacted by Universal’s legal department.” As a precaution, he “will never post behind-the-scenes pictures, only things that can be seen from general viewing walkways,” and he won’t publish unredacted blueprints.

“Any subject, whether it be theme parks or vehicles or cell phones, all have people that leak information, because that’s what the fans want,” he asserts when asked if his leaks spoil the resort’s future plans. “If I am in any way damaging Universal’s record profits and attendance levels, I’d be curious as to how.”

Even so, he says, “I would tone down or stop the content if they came to me, [but] there’s nothing that I would take back.” HateToFly concludes, “I do what I do to spark conversation, to get people’s minds going. What’s more fun to talk about: what could be, or nothing?”

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