What do William Shatner and the hacker group Anonymous have in common? They were both kicked out of Google+.
While Shatner responded with a complaint on Twitter, Anonymous responded by announcing it’s developing its own social network, AnonPlus. While it’s only a splash page at the moment, AnonPlus.com supposedly has 17 members, all currently in the process of developing the site.
Anonymous — which is, um, credited with hacks into Bank of America, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — says its Google+ accounts have been suspended for violating Google’s terms of service regarding posted content. “Didn’t take long to get banned from Google+ our Gmail is also gone …”according to an Anonymous blog post, which reveals a screenshot of the suspension of its Your Anon News account.
This lil info dump of a site is here simply to dispence info, soon the actual site will go up and you can begin to interact with it,” Anonymous wrote on the site. “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. One thing i would like to point out that this project is for ALL people not just anonymous, this idea is a presstorm idea and only takes the name anon because of the Anonymity of the social network.
Right now AnonPlus.com is an evolving splash page that originally said, “Welcome to the Revolution. A new social network where there is no fear…of censorship…of blackout…nor of holding back”.
Security expert Graham Cluley told eWeek that the group has a steep challenge in creating a successful social networking site. “It will be interesting to see if AnonPlus becomes popular if/when it launches with the very people it is intended to help — those who are being prevented by oppressive regimes from sharing information freely and safely with the rest of the world,”he said.