AMF.bz gained notoriety as an online forum focused on youth content. While starting innocently enough, the site allegedly ventured into legally dubious territory over time before being permanently shut down.
A Casual Community Forum
Launched in 2006, AMF (short for All Models Forum) began as a general discussion forum centered around fashion modeling. Users could join groups focused on favorite brands and models, share modeling tips, and chat casually.
In its early days, AMF offered a sense of community for modeling enthusiasts in a basic internet forum format. However, things began to take a questionable turn as the site evolved.
Descent into Explicit Territory
Over time, reports emerged of AMF hosting sexually suggestive images of underage models, commonly known as junior idols in certain fashion circles. While the site maintained it prohibited anything illegal, critics alleged it tolerated borderline child exploitative content.
AMF also apparently became overrun with adult ads and links redirecting to explicit external websites. Despite some policy changes in response, the site could not shake its sordid reputation.
Shut Down and Scrubbed from the Web
After sustained controversy, advertising partners and registrars eventually abandoned AMF. The site struggled to stay solvent amidst intensifying public scrutiny.
By 2012, mounting legal pressure and revocation of support services forced AMF to shut down indefinitely. Very little trace of the former forum survives today across the internet, as most links have been removed.
While starting as an innocuous hobby site, AMF stumbled down a concerning path that many forums did during the early internet’s largely unregulated frontier days. Its demise represents another cautionary tale of how online communities can enable abuse when limits aren’t firmly set.