Hacking group Anonymous has stated the group’s intension to develop a rival social networking platform after being banned from Google’s new Google+ service.
Google has a Facebook-like policy of real names for profiles, something which is a continued source of controversy. Anonymous posted a screenshot of the "Your Anon News" with a suspension notice from Google.
"What they didn’t know at the time is that they were just one of a handfull of Anonymous accounts that were silenced," Anonymous said via a Presstorm post. It seems likely further fake-name profiles had been purged as Google makes good on earlier threats to remove profiles not adhering to the real-name policy.
Anonymous chose not to address Google’s policy and instead opted to describe the move as "activist being banned". The group, or someone purporting to represent the group, said: "we have started to build our own Social Network", revealing Anon+.
The site isn’t operational as yet but a message posted reads:
"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."