Twitter suspends Anonymous account behind Occupy Steubenville rape protests

https://twitter.com/AnonymousJaye/status/289149011028484096

As Twitchy reported, activists associated with the Occupy and Anonymous movements have been pressuring authorities in Steubenville, Ohio, to expand their investigation of an alleged rape which took place in August. Two 16-year-old boys face a trial in February, but protesters assert that more might have been involved and a cover-up is underway to protect popular athletes in the community.

Today, a Twitter account associated with Anonymous was suspended. @KYAnonymous, who has been a driving force behind the Occupy Steubenville movement and appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360” complete with Guy Fawkes mask, and began tweeting today from a backup account.

https://twitter.com/KyAnonymous1/status/289108548506513408

https://twitter.com/EveVawter/status/289095629051928576

https://twitter.com/SKIPdaZIP/status/289105504901406721

https://twitter.com/olfashdeb/status/289111926515064832

https://twitter.com/TheNewMovement3/status/289115526666530817

https://twitter.com/amu_SEM_ent/status/289127544131829762

We’re well aware of the tendency of conservative tweeters to land in “Twitter Gulag,” a happening so common as to have inspired the nascent Twitter Gulag Defense Network. Was KYAnonymous suspended for an alleged threat sent via direct message? Another Twitter user, @Ihazcandy, says yes. KYAnonymous says he was framed.

https://twitter.com/NateDSaint/status/289096294427930625

https://twitter.com/Ihazcandy/status/289101765901701120

https://twitter.com/Ihazcandy/status/289101981988032512

https://twitter.com/Ihazcandy/status/289106302481870849

https://twitter.com/Ihazcandy/status/289119218761363457

https://twitter.com/CaffSec/status/289160905495834624

https://twitter.com/KyAnonymous1/status/289145825995653120

https://twitter.com/Anon_Dox_323/statuses/289177254993477633

Filmmaker Lee Stranahan, narrator of “Occupy Unmasked,” cautions against Anonymous and its methods.

https://twitter.com/Stranahan/status/289127246537568256

https://twitter.com/Stranahan/status/289123339665039362

https://twitter.com/bowfornoking/status/289095266517282816

https://twitter.com/Stranahan/status/289095947860996096

https://twitter.com/bowfornoking/status/289096409364439040

During that Anderson Cooper appearance, KYAnonymous said that though Anonymous was not the judge or jury, ” it’s fair to say that we are the executioner.”

https://twitter.com/theCrimsonCurse/status/289162107327492097

For now, the justice system in Steubenville is responsible for determining who’s guilty in the rape case. Twitter, meanwhile, will have to use whatever evidence it has to determine if the “heart and intent” of the “executioner” behind the mask is in conflict with its terms of service, if not the law itself.

Related:

#OccupySteubenville rape protest casts Anonymous in new role, but what’s behind the masks?

David Shuster gives shout-out to Occupy’s ‘inspiring’ rape protest

  • Joel A. Edge

    Explain to me why I should be listening to anybody wearing a mask?

    • Shawn Smith

      Batman wears a mask, and you should definitely listen to him.

      • Joel A. Edge

        Batman is a fictional character, or did you not know that?

        • mdtljt

          Joel, please tell me you do actually have a snark-o-meter and it was just momentarily turned off….wow… BTW, I completely agree with your initial comment…these masked idiots are nothing but cowards…. bless their hearts…

        • mdtljt

          Joel, please tell me you do actually have a snark-o-meter and it was just momentarily turned off….wow… BTW, I completely agree with your initial comment…these masked idiots are nothing but cowards…. bless their hearts…

        • Elilla Shadowheart

          Batman is fictional?! Childhood dreams…crushed!

    • Stone Bryson

      Just because a group of people dons masks, or a disguises in general, does not invalidate their voices. Remember that the Boston Tea Party was conducted by those wearing disguises – did they not set off a firestorm of Liberty?

      For the record I am not – in any capacity – drawing comparisons between those Patriots of yore and the modern Anonymous movement; to be blunt I’m not even suggesting I support the latter. Just answering your direct question with a little historical perspective…

      • Joel A. Edge

        You got a point there. I despise any form of anonymous type behavior. Not the group, the activity. I was thinking more like the Klan for comparison. Since both seem to be doing illegal things.

  • Poopiekins22

    Is it really wise of Twitter to piss of a huge group of hackers?

  • Piquerish

    I’m really conflicted over this one. I detest Occupy cretins and find Anonymous hackers to be disloyal egoists. But I saw the video of the so-called “boys” (why not call them ‘lads?’) gloating and laughing and demeaning a girl’s corpse, murdered at their hands. Anonymous exposed that video, shot by one of the jockocracy dumbbells. So … conflicted. Conflicted.

  • Piquerish

    Don’t mean to spam, but listening to some of these tapes, it appears that some people don’t know that Steubenville Police Dept and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are two separate agencies.

  • Jack Deth

    Hiding behind a mask does not help improve your credibility.

    Not being cognizant of and coherent in what you are speaking about helps even less.

  • rennyangel2

    “Anonymous” makes you no one.

  • rennyangel2

    “Anonymous” makes you no one.

  • http://twitter.com/BonnieBathory Bonnie Bathory

    Oh Christ, @ihazcandy has been barking up KY’s tree for weeks saying KY deserves this and that and KY is too scared to do anything and etc… then he honey pots him into a set up… and this guy… THIS GUY… this Stranahan guy… he has been anti-occupy and anti-anonymous forever… and goes out of his way to find corruption in anons who are trying to do good… again, look at Jane Hanlin if you want to find corruption in this occupy Steubenville movement… these two lames have been trying for weeks to get a headline… congrats you douche bags… and thanks for nothing? what does this solve? nothing. meanwhile, the rest of us are going to continue in doing something productive and positive for the community… you guys suck