Twitter suspends Anonymous account behind Occupy Steubenville rape protests

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

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