Twitter Suspends Top Anonymous Account for Terms Violation [UPDATED]

By: Josh Wolford - December 19, 2012

UPDATE: They’re back. And yes, it was the leaking of Westboro members’ personal info that did it.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: @YourAnonNews, online hacktivist group Anonymous’ most popular Twitter account, has been suspended. It appears to have happened just before noon ET.

Popular but significantly less popular Anonymous account @Anon_Central has published what they say is Twitter’s official reply to the @YourAnonNews account holder – “You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information.”

Here’s the applicable portion of the Twitter Rules:

You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.

It’s possible that the personal information that Anonymous is “guilty” of posting comes from members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The group recently targeted the “church” for their insistence on “protesting” the funerals of the Sandy Hook shooting victims. Anonymous’ operation did involve the leaking of Westboro members’ personal information.

@YourAnonNews planned for this, setting up and backup account @YANBackUp on December 4th:

If you want to follow the updates on the situation, they’re the account to follow (along with other Anonymous accounts, to a lesser extent):

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  • Jan

    If you publish your email to the public, in a public forum, then it isn’t a violation of any TOS, anywhere. By making your “private” info public yourself, you give permission for it to be used freely. If you don’t want your email address in the public domain, don’t put it there!

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