Around 14 hours ago, Twitter suspended the YourAnonNews account – one of the most important communication channels utilized by Anonymous hacktivists to keep their supporters updated on attention-worthy topics.
YourAnonNews had set up a backup account, YANBackUp, on which they tweeted during the timeframe in which the main account was suspended.
Shortly after everyone learned of the “incident,” Anonymous hackers starter threatening Twitter.
“@YourAnonNews is suspended | Hey @twitter @support don't [expletive] with us! #Anonymous,” the hacktivists wrote.
The owner(s) of YourAnonNews submitted a ticket in an attempt to get the account back, but judging by their tweets, they weren’t so sure that it would be restored.
“We have emailed @Twitter @Support asking for why @YourAnonNews has been suspended. Remember, YAN isn't Anonymous... just a part. We move on,” they wrote.
However, approximately one hour later, the account was unsuspended and Twitter provided them with an explanation to why it was disabled in the first place.
Apparently, Twitter suspended the account “for posting an individual’s private information such as private email address, physical address, telephone number, or financial documents.”
More precisely, Twitter representatives are referring to the private information belonging to the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and its members that had been leaked by Anonymous hackers.
Ever since the WBC revealed its views regarding the Newtown shooting – threatening to picket the victims’ funerals and praising God for the shooter – hacktivists from various collectives turned their attention to the controversial organization, hacking their sites and Twitter accounts and leaking their private details.
YourAnonNews tweeted and retweeted all sorts of information leaked by hackers, violating Twitter’s rules, which clearly prohibit the publishing or posting of “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.”
Twitter warned the hacktivists that “future Twitter Rules violations may result in permanent account suspension.”