Anonymous planning activist social network

Hacker group hits back after Google+ rejection

Stewart Mitchell
18 Jul 2011

Hacker group Anonymous says it will start its own social network after being blocked from Google+, claiming the project will offer a safe haven from government and corporate intervention.

The group announced that it had been kicked off Google’s recently launched social-media project due to content that breached “community standards”. The group’s Gmail account was also closed, it claimed.

In response, the group says it will open an AnonPlus social network that will be open to anyone – involved with the hacker group or not - and provide an anonymous meeting point for activists.

“This project is for all people not just Anonymous,” the group said on the site set up to develop the network.

The group said the site would go live “soon”, but would initially act as an information point for a development team.

“This project is not overnight and will take many of those out there who simply want a better internet,” the group said.

“This is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed - even in the face of blackout,” the group said, without explaining how it would keep the operation running if governments took action against it.

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