People claiming to support the Anonymous online activist group have launched an alpha for a social network called 'Anonplus'.
"Well didnt we grow up fast :) this lil info dump of a site is heresimply to dispence info, soon the actual site will go up and you can beginto interact with it [sic]," a message on the Anonplus holding page said.
Anonplus is being developed by 17 Java coders, plus two website developers, although these numbers are likely to be fluid, Anonplus said.
The Anonplus site links to Anonplus forums, which is hosted by an activist organisation called Presstorm. Jamie Corne, a journalism student and publisher of Presstorm, said in a blog post on Saturday that the Anonplus project was designed for activists banned from social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
"This is one social network that will not tolerate being shut down, censored, or oppressed — even in the face of blackout," Corne wrote in the blog post.
Core Anonymous outlets, including Anonops and AnonymousIRC, did not mention the launch of Anonplus on Friday.
Update 19-7-11 On Monday Google declined to comment on individual account suspensions, but said that its policy in general does not allow anonymous posts.
"By providing your common name, you will be assisting all people you know — friends, family members, classmates, co-workers, and other acquaintances — in finding and creating a connection with the right person online," said Google.