HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous has reacted to its removal from the social networking web site Google+ with the creation of its own service where everyone is anonymous.
The Your Anon News group announced two days ago that it had its profile page and its Gmail account removed by Google because it allegedly violated community standards. This annoyed the group and its followers, and it quickly set about building its own service, one where the rules are not made by others.
"As some of you know we got banned from Google+ due to some of our content. What we didn't know at the time is that we were just one of a handfull of Anonymous accounts that was silenced. This is the sad fact of what happens across the internet when you walk to a different beat of the drum," it wrote in a blog post.
"We've all heard the stories of activists being banned from FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and governments blocking their people from these sites as well through organized black outs. That day has came to an end. Not only did a few people organized an Operation ageist Google+, but we have started to build our own Social Network."
Don't expect a new Facebook though, and this social network aims to be different from the rest, according to the group.
"This is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed - even in the face of blackout," adds the post. "We the people have had enough...enough of governments and corporations saying what's best for us - what's safe for our minds. The sheep era is over. The interwebz are no longer your prison."
The site, called anonplus, is live now but it is a work in progress. "Soon the actual site will go up and you can begin to interact with it," it says.
"This project is not overnight and will take many of those out there who simply want a better internet. We will not be stopped by those looking to troll or those willing to stop the spreading of the truth." µ
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Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home