Twitter suspends YourAnonNews account [Update: It's back]

It looks like Twitter might be getting more active in suspending accounts on the social network that it feels violates the company's terms of service. Earlier today, Twitter shut down @YourAnonNews's page, which has been used in the past by members of the Anonymous hacker group to post their various announcements.

While Twitter has not commented publicly on why they decided to shut down YourAnonNews, RT.com speculates that it was due to the current cyberwar that the hacker group, using that Twitter page, was waging against the Westboro Baptist Church. The activist church had pledged to hold protests during the funerals of the children that were shot and killed last week in the school shootings of Newtown, Connecticut.

That plan got Anonymous mad, and Ars Technica reports that the YourAnonNews Twitter account started to post the phone numbers and mailing addresses of some members of the church. Anonymous has also claimed responsibility for other actions against the Westboro Baptist Church, including hacking into their website and Twitter page. It even claimed that it hacked into the PC of the church's spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper and put a gay porn image on her desktop.

The big question: Will Anonymous go after Twitter for suspending one of its biggest accounts? That remains to be seen but there's already a backup account, YANBackUp, that was apparently set up just in case YourAnonNews got shut down.

Update: The YourAnonNews Twitter account is now back online:


Source: RT.com | Image via Twitter

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I'm generally against posting of personal information about ppl on the internet, but theres exceptions to everything and in the case of WBC this is one. anyone who has ever donated money or participated with their "church" should be outed and plastered on the web.

What you chatting about ?

Th3 J35ter has tweeted that WBC are bugging out. Look like they have had enough and are going home.

#YAN just retweeted the same as everyone else I follow. WBC deserve everything they get IMO. Ive been following this since Monday on Twitter and IRC and its been very good entertainment. Its nice to see all the hacker groups work as one and rip the sh"t out of WBC.

Been lots of suspensions going on , but a lot of new accounts have been made in a matter of moments and re-followed. Anonymous seem to have a hell of a lot of "civilian"Twitter behind them now. Surprised Neowin hasn't be paying attention to it ? A good thing is being done by keeping that scum away from the funerals ( and lulz are being had)

CosmoTheGod (UGNazi) took over the twitter account of Shirley Phelps briefly before it was suspended.