Anonymous Launches Its Very Own Social Network

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Anonymous Launches Its Very Own Social Network

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Hacktivist internet collective Anonymous, tired of being shunned by the mainstream, has launched its very own social network.

It's a little weird, a little silly and a little hard to believe, but Anonymous, the online group famous for its hacking exploits and Guy Fawkes masks, is apparently launching its very own social network called "Anon-Plus." The group was inspired to the effort after some of its members were blocked from Google+ and even Gmail.

"This is the sad fact of what happens across the internet when you walk to a different beat of the drum. 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," an Anonymous rep said in a memo sent out to members of the group. "That day has came to an end. Not only did a few people organize an Operation against Google+, but we have started to build our own Social Network."

Anon-Plus is still very much a work in progress, currently offering nothing more than a link to a developers forum and a message promising big things for the future. "Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear... of censorship... of blackout... nor of holding back," it says. "There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny. We are the people and we are Anonymous. We have arrived."

In reality it sounds like Anon-Plus is in the process of arriving, as the message suggests that the network will be developed over "the coming weeks, months and years." It's hard to say what kind of services will be on offer, although it's safe to say that photo-tagging and Farmville probably won't have much to do with it. Anonymity, of course, is assured - at least as much as it can be in the digital wilds of the internet. So if Facebook isn't doing it for you anymore and you want to get in on the ground floor of something new, exciting and possibly illegal, you can take a closer look at anonplus.com.

Source: CVG

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I can't wait to see the family albums.

isn't perpetuating constant and saved social networking the anti thesis of Anon?.

Do you have to be a member of Anon to join? I'd join just for kicks....by using totally different personal information so I couldn't be hacked.

Andy Chalk:
tired of being shunned by the mainstream

Por que? They've had new segments about them. They're known far and wide on the internet and in the real world, how is that being shunned by the mainstream?

Doesn't that kinda ruin the point of being anonymous?

An Anonymous social networking site...

Nope, still doesn't make sense.

ColdStorage:
I can't wait to see the family albums.

isn't perpetuating constant and saved social networking the anti thesis of Anon?.

I never thought they had anything against social networking, I always assumed they were more of the anarchistic "Bring down the man who's holding us down!" type of group. Especially with the whole Guy Fawkes thing. It strikes me as a very "V For Vendetta" meets the Internet sort of ordeal.

RanD00M:

Por que? They've had new segments about them. They're known far and wide on the internet and in the real world, how is that being shunned by the mainstream?

Yeah, and been demonised in every single one of them. Just because the mainstream acknowledges your existence doesn't mean they like it.

So they got blocked from Google+, most likely due to their nature as a destructive force who hate large corporations, and reacted by planning operations against Google+... Not exactly the most constructive thinking is it? It's so childish, it's like being accused of arson and trying to show how wrong they are by lighting fires.

"Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear... of censorship... of blackout... nor of holding back," it says. "There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny. We are the people and we are Anonymous. We have arrived."

Does that remind you of anything?

Welcome to Rapture... where there is no fear of censorship... blah de blah.

Pretty cool. Being anonymous kind of defeats the purpose of a social network, but it might be interesting.

Reaper195:
Do you have to be a member of Anon to join? I'd join just for kicks....by using totally different personal information so I couldn't be hacked.

Anon has no members, yo. If you want to be a member you are one. There is no difference from one another. A kid in his basement can be a member if he claims it.

ColdStorage:
I can't wait to see the family albums.

isn't perpetuating constant and saved social networking the anti thesis of Anon?.

To be fair, Anonymous already has several non-4chan areas to discuss and organise, such as whyweprotest.org, which is actually the firstsecond site (other than a Wiki page) that comes up when searching "Anonymous" on Google. (the site is primarily a forum for organising the on-going anti-Scientology protests). That site has no avenues for putting in personal details, other than your email address for an account - everything else is a username and an avatar (nobody puts their real name/real photo as a username/avatar). I'd imagine AnonPlus will be very much the same, so anyone on there will be 'anonymous' other than a username.

Reaper195:
Do you have to be a member of Anon to join? I'd join just for kicks....by using totally different personal information so I couldn't be hacked.

There is no official membership for Anonymous. Anyone can call themselves Anonymous, although the legitimacy of your claim may depend on whether you believe in the 'core' values that Anonymous generally holds, such as the right to free speech, the lulz, etc :P (see Extra Credits for a good description of the nature of Anonymous :3)

Also, I doubt that an Anon-created social network site would require any personal information at all, except maybe an email address. :P

someonehairy-ish:
"Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear... of censorship... of blackout... nor of holding back," it says. "There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny. We are the people and we are Anonymous. We have arrived."

Does that remind you of anything?

Welcome to Rapture... where there is no fear of censorship... blah de blah.

Don't worry, Rapture had the world's greatest scientists and engineers. Anonymous only has the world's most self obsessed, angry, neck-bearded man children. Nothing bad will happen.

Reaper195:
Do you have to be a member of Anon to join? I'd join just for kicks....by using totally different personal information so I couldn't be hacked.

Something tells me they won't require personal information beyond perhaps a DOB for legal reasons. Putting all the typical social network info in one server is kind of the anti-thesis of Anon.

The only people who would use the site are members of Anonymous under their internet handles and trolls making tons fake profiles. Not worth the bandwidth, and I certainly wouldn't enable javascript with whatever they're doing. How would they pay for the servers? Would it be ad supported? lol

Dr Jones:
A kid in his basement can be a member if he claims it.

That's what they all are.

I honestly can't believe people pay attention to this group of stupid script kiddies just because they ape ancient 4chan memes.

shrekfan246:

ColdStorage:
I can't wait to see the family albums.

isn't perpetuating constant and saved social networking the anti thesis of Anon?.

I never thought they had anything against social networking, I always assumed they were more of the anarchistic "Bring down the man who's holding us down!" type of group. Especially with the whole Guy Fawkes thing. It strikes me as a very "V For Vendetta" meets the Internet sort of ordeal.

That movie is exactly why they use that mask. Remember the scene where every citizen of the city was wearing that mask and cloak during that huge mob rush? That's pretty much exactly what Anonymous is. Hell, that entire movie is essentially the definition of Anonymous in cinematic form.

How do you make a social network where everyone is anonymous?

-Anonymous has added you as a friend.

-Searching for anonymous? 200,000 results.

I imagine it would look something like this:

Here here for free speech!

It's wrong that they're not allowed certain rights on the internet due to black listing. That said i hope they have uber tight security on their new site.

Andy Chalk:
Anonymous Launches Its Very Own Social Network

"Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear... of censorship... of blackout... nor of holding back," it says. "There will be no more oppression."

Hmmm... this 'no censorship' thing is all well and good in theory, kind of like how Marx thought the world should work, but in reality allowing people on the internet to post whatever they like, anonymously, and without moderation is a recipe for disaster. All that happens is that about 4 posts into a thread it devolves into a childish slanging match of "ur a fag", and "o yeh? well ur mom iz a hore", which then goes on for about 9 million pages. It's unavoidable - just look at the comments under almost every single YouTube video.

It's sad that there is such a huge population of immature (and/or stupid) internet users, but that's just life.

They'll still be subject to internet censorship laws, and with social networking people will be easier to catch, too.

Also, doesn't social networking violate the basic principles of "everyone's anonymous" to begin with?

Whatever, I see 4chan as an ongoing social experiment. Do whatever, guys. I'll support this just because I wanna see what'll happen.

Lim3:
It's wrong that they're not allowed certain rights on the internet due to black listing.

Anonymous has tons of web space to use however they want. What are you talking about?

shrekfan246:

I never thought they had anything against social networking, I always assumed they were more of the anarchistic "Bring down the man who's holding us down!" type of group. Especially with the whole Guy Fawkes thing. It strikes me as a very "V For Vendetta" meets the Internet sort of ordeal.

I always wondered if they really understood that they had taken on a right wing religious funtamentalist as an avatar. I very much doubt Guy would approve of a uncensored internet if he were alive today. (Who completely undermined his own cause. His little attempt at regime change caused a massive, brutal crackdown on catholics in England, the people he was trying to "free" with his act)

They may as well have an Al Qaieda avatar.

I cant imagine a quicker way of picking up a virus than joining an anon sponsored social network site.

As much as I am against some concepts that Anonymous believes in.. I have to quote this.

"This is the sad fact of what happens across the internet when you walk to a different beat of the drum. 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," an Anonymous rep said in a memo sent out to members of the group.

Personally, which I might get flamed for this.. I don't blame Anonymous for feeling this way. I mean, the Government blocking people off well known sites for reasons based on belief or the capability to 'hack' is just wrong period.

If a man is known to be a thief, none should accuse and discriminate him until he acts upon the deed. In other words, Anonymous hasn't hacked or done anything huge to deserve this (And don't say they have, we all know LulSec is by far worse and their purpose was pathetic). I would hate to be blocked by my favorite websites all because I am part of a hacker group. This is pretty much taking away their legal rights and I just wanted to point that out. Sure, you can say they're internet criminals and it's to prevent anymore hacking.. but yet you think this is still fair? Just saying..

This mkes no sense, they wont be anonymous, and if they are then why make a social site ?
No sense.

I'm willing to bet in a cruel and hilarious twist of Irony that Social Network will be hacked soon after it comes online, I'm practically expecting it... And I can't wait *Sadistic Grin*

Anyways, back on topic, this seems strange for a group that supposedly Claims to not be organized and have no leadership structure.

Lim3:
Here here for free speech!

It's wrong that they're not allowed certain rights on the internet due to black listing. That said i hope they have uber tight security on their new site.

They have all the free speech they want. Google banning people doesn't interfere with free speech in the least.

OT: Is it just me, or has anonymous gone from mildly interesting, to irritatingly boring. Like when a kid keeps yelling "Mom! look at me! look! I can jump over the ENTIRE sidewalk! LOOK LOOK LOOK!"

yup people will flock to that for sure after all the information theft anonymous is guilty of

"Welcome to the Revolution - a new social network where there is no fear... of censorship... of blackout... nor of holding back," it says. "There will be no more oppression. There will be no more tyranny."

Why does this seem like so much bullshit, anyone using a social networking site probably lives in a country where they have no right to complain about things like tyranny and oppression.

Maybe Anonymous can go to places where oppression and tyranny are actual problems and annoy the shit out of those people. Thats why I can't take Anonymous seriously and also why there doesn't seem to be a point of them to make their own network, because its not like Facebook is cracking down and opppresing peoples' rights.

I'm reminded of that Dilbert strip about chain letters, and how they are illegal. "Perhaps when you commit your first crime you shouldn't mail it to fifty people."

It's a sad day when Scott Adams can outsmart you.

I can see it now, "Anonymous poked you, would you like to poke them back, anonymously?" "Message recieved: Hey! I think I met you before, but i'm not sure since you're anonymous and could be anybody, but it's a networking site so I figured i'd try!"

Jesus..

Can I just point to the word "social" in that statement?

And then to the word "network".

And then to the word "Anonymous".

So, we've got a group of people who all claim to be as one, being as many, to be as one?

Isn't this sort of like the Cthulu For Peace brigade?

Ghengis John:
How do you make a social network where everyone is anonymous?

-Anonymous has added you as a freind.

-Searching for anonymous? 200,000 results.

Anon#234: Hey pal, how's it going?
Anon#452: Not bad, just hacked into Anon#117's mail account, a real treasure chest!
Anon#117: I hate you guys.
Anon#666: 2012, fools!

Yeah, that should be as entertaining as reading through those chatboxes certain sites have, where every guests can post in. > . >

A anonymous social network... a social network with anonymous users..?

Wouldn't that be very confusing?

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