Banned from Google+, Anonymous creates Anonplus

By on July 16, 2011, 2:44 PM

Google has reportedly banned a handful of Anonymous members from Google+ (it's not exactly clear how many accounts were shut down). The hacktivist group likened Google's actions to the stories of activists being banned from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as governments blocking various websites using Internet censorship tools. As a result, Anonymous has decided to create its own social network: Anonplus, located at anonplus.com.

Currently, the site has only been announced. At the bottom left hand corner, it says "Revision :0.1 Alpha." While this version number is meant to indicate that the site is still very early in development, it's not a social network yet. There is no way to sign up or interact. Currently there's just one webpage with the Anonplus name, the motto "Social Networking Anonymously," and the heading "Welcome to Anonplus.com the Anonymous Social Networking site."

The only link is to the Dev Forum, which uses the Zetaboards forum software, and isn't even on the anonplus.com domain name. There are four subforums set up: The Logic, The Interface, General Chatter, and Staff Postions. At the time of writing, the forum already had over 100 registered members.

This initiative is an odd one because it jibes with what Anonymous is all about: getting things done anonymously. Still, it is technically possible to build a social network that doesn't share anything with anyone unless you specifically give it permission to. In fact, Anonplus will probably not encourage sharing information like your full name and location. Either way, the goal appears to be to build a social network where you can say and do anything you want.

"This is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed - even in the face of blackout," an Anonymous spokesperson wrote in a statement. "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."




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Guest said:

LOL! I thought that was what 4chan was for. Anonymous social networking.

DokkRokken said:

Anon sure loves making its statements as superfluous as possible.

Guest said:

Just redirect that Anon+ website to go to /b/, you don't actually have to build anything.

mavis311 said:

I might be able to guess the answer to my question: how does Google know who is a member of Anonymous? Doesn't that mean they really aren't anonymous?

Guest said:

little kids who got beat up at school, no social skills and mentally troubled. Best thing to do is ignore them.

The opposite side of the coin to ignoring them is for some corporate entity to hire a private military firm to hunt and 'capture' these dullards.

Both work for me.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Not exactly the people you want to piss off you know

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

Somebody needs to find them a better writer who isn't relying on cliches from every big brother / conspiracy movie ever made. And Guy Fawkes masks? Really?

Mindwraith said:

seems like these guys are getting less popular every day

Guest said:

Strange, the comments people make against the members of Anonymous. I would have thought everyone would be on board with their goal of freedom of information, even if you might not agree with the methods they use.

Mindwraith said:

freedom of information is one thing,

melodramatic showmanship of teenage boys inspired by comic book superheroes is an entirely differant matter..

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

little kids who got beat up at school, no social skills and mentally troubled. Best thing to do is ignore them.

The opposite side of the coin to ignoring them is for some corporate entity to hire a private military firm to hunt and 'capture' these dullards.

Both work for me.

Your ignorant way of thinking is what makes people like them into who they are.

Maybe if you weren't a total ******* to everyone who isn't like you, there'd be more people willing to socialize rather than hide because society treats them like ****.

Guest said:

"freedom of information is one thing,

melodramatic showmanship of teenage boys inspired by comic book superheroes is an entirely differant matter.. "

As I said before, you agree with the message, and not the methods.

You seem to be one of the people who sits by and criticises the people who are actually on OUR side. I'd stop and consider their goals, before judging them in such a cynical way.

However melodramatic their style may be, it's attracting a lot of attention, and helps them spread the word. So good for them.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

little kids who got beat up at school, no social skills and mentally troubled. Best thing to do is ignore them.

The opposite side of the coin to ignoring them is for some corporate entity to hire a private military firm to hunt and 'capture' these dullards.

Both work for me.

Your ignorant way of thinking is what makes people like them into who they are.

Maybe if you weren't a total ******* to everyone who isn't like you, there'd be more people willing to socialize rather than hide because society treats them like ****.

I agree with this ramon.

Kids beat up at school isn't the problem, its the kids doing the beating.

No social skills means that they may have not been raised in a 10 bedroom luxury house like everyone else right?

And mentally troubled. Seriously?

Techspot needs to get rid of this "Guest" commenting already because it allows "anonymous" people to post stupid stuff.

Guest said:

lol, look at all the ''members' getting butt hurt over the previous guest comments, looks like he hit WAY to close to home for their liking.

Some nerd mook who hacks into your FB account because he doesn't like that you managed to get the girl he was too afraid to talk to. e proceeds to get you fired and alienate numerous friends and family.

Any you wonder why some of these guys get the crap beat out of them.

It's been shown to a high degree that the avg. high end hacker has some from of OCPD. most of the symptoms would easily make these .. people.. social pariah.

these ****** aren't about freedoms, everything do deny's people access to systems and information that allow them to lead 'free' lives. What this is, is a bunch of plonkers who, ( as the original, hypothetical , example puts forth), are nothing more then cry babies who don't have the guts to face a physical reality, they choose to hide lash out like 4 year old's and make life miserable for others all the time hiding in the shadows like rats.

I look forward tot he day when more of these rats are caught and sent to jail.

Guest said:

I for one am glad Anonymous is doing this. Hell, I'd join them if I knew even a fraction of the things they do about hacking, but sadly my education only goes so far as a Jonny Miller/Angelina Jolie film. Damn you hollywood. -_-

negroplasty negroplasty said:

I am, without a doubt, not joining this one.

treetops treetops said:

At least they are not sending out special ops forces to third world countries to murder those who do not give them good prices on trade goods.

MtM313 said:

"This initiative is an odd one because it jibes with what Anonymous is all about : getting things done anonymously." -- Please look up "jibe" in a fscking dictionary! That statement is self-contradictory.

ramonsterns said:

Guest said:

lol, look at all the ''members' getting butt hurt over the previous guest comments, looks like he hit WAY to close to home for their liking.

Some nerd mook who hacks into your FB account because he doesn't like that you managed to get the girl he was too afraid to talk to. e proceeds to get you fired and alienate numerous friends and family.

Any you wonder why some of these guys get the crap beat out of them.

It's been shown to a high degree that the avg. high end hacker has some from of OCPD. most of the symptoms would easily make these .. people.. social pariah.

these ****** aren't about freedoms, everything do deny's people access to systems and information that allow them to lead 'free' lives. What this is, is a bunch of plonkers who, ( as the original, hypothetical , example puts forth), are nothing more then cry babies who don't have the guts to face a physical reality, they choose to hide lash out like 4 year old's and make life miserable for others all the time hiding in the shadows like rats.

I look forward tot he day when more of these rats are caught and sent to jail.

You complain about people with OCD and yet display obvious signs of being a full-blown sociopath.

Omnislip said:

I think that... putting lots of dots in between clauses... makes them look a... bit... silly...

And on the actual subject matter - Who the hell's gonna trust guys who regularly hack into companies to stead their username, email, passwords with my own username, email & password directly?

Guest said:

Their current goals are more directed towards protesting against censorship and opressio, not "regularly hacking into companies to steal information". A quick look at their protests against Sony (helping the defence of GeoHot), the Westboro Baptist Church, and their actions during the elections in Iran shows that their intentions are good. Their support of sites such as Wikileaks also shows their dedication to freedom of information.

I personally like Anonymous. They go against the government officials who openly state they need to keep secrets from us "for our own good". I'd rather not be deliberately kept in the dark. If you guys want to retain your prejudice of them as socially stunted nerds (as the Westboro Baptist Church do), then go ahead.

Guest said:

they do fight for the right cause. like visa and mastercard blocking wikileaks, churc of scientology and so on.(sorry about english)

Guest said:

Anyone who doesn't understand, or disagrees with a need for, government secrecy is absolutely too stupid to vote and maybe to run around free. If our governments were completely transparent in all actions, it would compromise the ability to protect you from the groups who are not. Those same groups have made it clear that they do not want anything but an end to America and our (mostly) free society.

And by the way, Einstein, an Al Qaeda terrorist does not care that you "protested" or complained or participated in the opposition or anything. You will die just the same as the rest of us.

Guest said:

Hilariously you have chosen to post anonymously. Looks like you're just one of them trying to get people riled up. Keep up the good work fellow anti-socialite. (I know that's what you are, don't deny it)

Guest said:

Anonymous social networking?

Terrible idea, just because they feel butthurt. There really is no other reason.

Guest said:

"seems like these guys are getting less popular every day "

Seems like Mindwraith is a clever name for posting propaganda. Call me paranoid, but I'm going to form my own opinions about Anonymous, and avoid any notion of whether they are popular or not. It matters little whether they are popular, if they are right.

That said, it matters somewhat more if they are tactful and rhetorically skilled. At the very least, their reliance on "cliche" is imitation of some talented rhetoric, even if it's a bit shaky imitation thereof.

Guest said:

I would want to remain anonymous as well if I put a random preposition on the end of a sentence on.

Guest said:

Autonomous collective are we? Who dictates who they attack? Is it determined at a biweekly meeting?

I point you to Monty Python's scene 3 script:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/mphg/mphg.htm#Scene%203

Guest said:

Your main social skill is corporate **** sucking. Don't be so greedy when swallowing, you may choke yourself.

Guest said:

I agree with Anon's idea of freedom of information. I believe in transparency in Government. While I have to admit there are some things that should not be public, a lot of the "classified" information is not life threatening.

Those who wish to stay in the dark, watch your censored and spun Fox news and MSNBC. I choose to know what's really going on in the world.

Guest said:

This is idiotic, there's already pidder if you really need an anonymous social network, why do it from scratch again? I bet this project gets abandoned in a month.

Guest said:

A social network is the perfect honeypot to gather personal info and ip addresses. I doubt Anon will fall for it.

yRaz yRaz said:

Guest said:

Those who wish to stay in the dark, watch your censored and spun Fox news and MSNBC. I choose to know what's really going on in the world.

You really just made that comparison? I'm sure you feel special thinking you know something no one else does

Guest said:

funny, they want to be Anonymous but their against censorship

Guest said:

how much wood, can a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? answer anyone?

Guest said:

haha!!! stupid... can't be anonymous when a domain needs credit card to buy it. Even if its not them, then its someone who knows someone.... and on and on... the main figure heads will get got and will get prosecuted....

Guest said:

good point on the anonymous thing...

anonymous: we don't believe in hiding information and censorship

public: then who are you?

anonymous: sorry that's classified

LOL

Guest said:

excellent,i2p2 torrent based annon social networking and hopefully included file sharing etc...

Guest said:

wow..all you small minded people who make snap judgements. You people don't know which way is up even when others next to you are standing upright.

"Next up, by popular demand, Marshal Law!"

Guest said:

*martial.

Christ. If you can't even spell the things you oppose why should we follow you?

Guest said:

troll victim

Guest said:

Anyone who doesn't like you is a sociopath. Get over yourself.

Guest said:

The article's title is rather misleading. They haven't created anything yet. They haven't even decided on what kind of technology platform to use, their forum banner has been pulled from photobucket for exceeding bandwidth, and hell, their forum is a lame freebie forum.

This isn't anything at all right now; it just looks like a bunch of kiddies who went BAW!!! after their Google+ accounts were closed and now they want some attention. Expect nothing to come from this. Pathetic.

Come back to this topic after there is something to report.

Guest said:

They now have your IP address, watch your computers very carefully

Guest said:

Anonymous might have some means and methods I don't agree with, but the US Army/military/intelligence outfits do also. I guess the people "protesting" about Anonymous' actions don't have any sense of history, or the history of the Internet (which I do, having been a netizen for over 25 years now, pre-web and etc).

They do not seem to understand the actions of Anon in revealing how carelessly handled our personal data is; how it is made the problem of the consumer when a bank's or company's abyssmal, stupid and technically-lazy "security" is shown to be little better than a PR gimmick; when banks and corporations will sell my data to each other or anyone else with 25$ to spend, not checking my references (try it yourself).

Perhaps Anon is not ignorant of the network as a communications platform and refuses to buy into the media corporation's attempts to reduce the net to a mere broadcast-only, one-way push medium for advertisers. Perhaps they are well-read in the history of the printing press and the attempts to suborn, contain and eliminate a free press movement. Perhaps they actually understand the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how they apply to online communication.

Perhaps Anon is tired of trying to "work through the System" when such efforts are pretty much a joke now because "The System" is thoroughly suborned, when you can buy a Congresscritter or lobbyist through "campain contributions" you don't have to report. Perhaps Anon understands the noble history of protesting the invading forces of oppression and censorship.

It isn't Anonymous who's hacking your little kiddie Facebook profile. It's Anonymous who is showing you that corporation's lip-service to "security" is so much hot air and that corporations, far from caring about security, are part of the problem of data security, wholesale inside job breaches, internal theft and leak and ridiculous "security measures."

Maybe the people protesting about Anonymous should do a little historical reading and comprehension, both about the history of the internet as a whole, and the thoughts of the men who made it (Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, John Perry Barlow and etc). Then perhaps I will listen to them, but not when someone's "opinion" is just that; an empty opinion without any basis to form it expect "I think this is what it is." That's not an opinion; that's an asertion with nothing to base it on; ie, it's meaningless noise.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Guest said:

"freedom of information is one thing,

melodramatic showmanship of teenage boys inspired by comic book superheroes is an entirely differant matter.. "

As I said before, you agree with the message, and not the methods.

You seem to be one of the people who sits by and criticises the people who are actually on OUR side. I'd stop and consider their goals, before judging them in such a cynical way.

However melodramatic their style may be, it's attracting a lot of attention, and helps them spread the word. So good for them.

Publicly releasing user account information is in fact not someone who is on OUR side.. at least not on mine.

They could easily do this in private spaces, scare companies and make news on a regular basis. They don't need to hurt innocent people in the process, which irrevocably happens almost every time they get involved.

Guest said:

Anonymous have their own agenda - it is freedom only if it is easy enough to do, safe and have large media impact.

Guest said:

wow..all you small minded people who make snap judgements. You people don't know which way is up even when others next to you are standing upright.

"Next up, by popular demand, Martial Law!"

Guest said:

Hmmm...so "anon" claims that their new network will support 'true' free speech without censorship. But lets be honest, based on their past behavior, I have no doubt that "anon" will have no reservations about censoring people on their network that disagree with them or are in opposition to them. In short...they're going to build their own little clubhouse so they can enjoy the power to choose who is worthy to speak and not in their fiefdom.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

You complain about people with OCD and yet display obvious signs of being a full-blown sociopath.
And you're qualified to make that diagnosis how?

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