Having been shunned by Google+ this week, hacktivist group Anonymous has vowed to start its own social network called AnonPlus.
Aside from grand statements of purpose, Anonymous has yet to say what the social network will entail. Although the idea was only announced a few days ago, the group has established a domain and homepage, which is currently just a lil info dump of a site, but will evolve soon.
Ironically, a social network might eliminate the anonymity of the hacker group. The AnonPlus placeholder is currently online, and it has a statement from its creators:
This will be your future. This will be our future, a statement reads on AnonPlus' homepage. Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear... of censorship... of blackout... nor of holding back. There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny. We are the people and we are Anonymous. We have arrived.
The idea of the networking platform grew out of a Google+ ban of the group. The brand-new Google social network took down Anonymous' news page, as well as several member pages, after the group allegedly violated Google+'s community standards.
These standards outlaw anyone violating a number of codes, including illegal activity and nudity. Google has also suspended Anonymous' Gmail address.
[AnonPlus] is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed - even in the face of blackout. We the people have had enough...enough of governments and corporations saying what's best for us - what's safe for our minds, Anonymous said in a statement on its Tumblr pagen.
The sheep era is over. The interwebz are no longer your prison.
Surprisingly, Anonymous has not hacked Google+ in retaliation. The group is known for its cyber attacks against parties it feels are unjust, notably Bank of America and credit cards companies like MasterCard for refusing to process WikiLeaks donations.
Authorities have recently found and arrested members of Anonymous, as well as similar hacker group LulzSec. As many as 32 members of Anonymous in Turkey, Spain and the UK have been detained. LulzSac has recently been hacking into government institutions, such as the C.I.A.