Elizabeth is shaken and immediately takes the video of the murder to the police, who acknowledge that it appears genuine but advise her that such snuff films are usually faked, and there is little they can do about it.
Though Elizabeth later stumbles upon a disturbingly realistic depiction of a death during a game of Russian roulette that turns out to be faked, and her friends (including Max, who is a computer scientist) insist that it is a hoax, she remains unconvinced and is determined to solve the murder.
While chatting with strangers with Jenni, Elizabeth encounters a woman whose webcam appears to be broken.
The stranger reacts aggressively to Jenni when Elizabeth is away from the webcam, and Jenni logs off.
She receives a chat request from Max, which shows the lead detective entering Max's house, only to be murdered.
Elizabeth calls for help from the officer guarding her, but she finds him murdered as well.
The photographs of the “Russian prostitute” that accompanied the WNDR article were actually a pictures of Svetlana Travis, a woman accused in 2016 of falsely claiming that former New York State Gov. WNDR typically mines the web for unrelated photographs to attach to their fake news articles.
Though most of her chats are quickly ended due to sexual content or scams, she accumulates plenty of data and is optimistic about the outcome of the project.
However, both the police and other users of The Den turn out to be unhelpful.
When she enlists Max to hack the account to see where it originated, he finds that it has been routed through countless proxies, and is untraceable.
On 13 January 2017, the World News Daily Report (WNDR) web site built upon salacious rumors swirling about Donald Trump in an article claiming a Russian sex worker had revealed the President-elect has a small penis: A 22-year sex worker named Ivana Kamensky, claims she was one of the prostitutes who had sexual intercourse with Donald Trump in Moscow in 2011, adding that the American President had the smallest penis she had ever seen.
In an interview with the Moscow Daily Herald, the young woman described in great details the night that she allegedly spent in Mr Trump’s hotel room five years ago[, claiming] she was hired by Donald Trump along with two of her friends to perform several degrading sex acts, like urinating on him and on each other.