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Anonymous leaks info about upcoming Your Anon News site

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by Chloe Albanesius, 04 Jun 2013News
Anonymous leaks info about upcoming Your Anon News site

Anonymous has provided more details about its upcoming news site, which it said will focus on stories it deems most important.

"After observing the events of the last few days, understand that one of our goals is to make questions like, 'Why isn't CNN-Turk airing footage of these massive protests,' irrelevant," the group said in a note posted to Pastebin. "Its [sic] time to start getting the real news out there, to everyone. We have to stop relying on big corporations to do that for us."

In April, Anonymous raised $54,588 (£35,700) via an Indiegogo campaign that sought to expand the reach of Your Anon News (YAN), which has followed topics of interest to Anonymous via a Twitter and Tumblr account.

"Those of us contributing to YAN have always desired to expand our capabilities and to report, not just aggregate, the news," Anonymous said at the time.

In the latest Pastebin note, the group said it would announce a firm launch date in its next press release. For now, it has provided a few more details about how the more formal YAN will operate.

For starters, the website will be "clean and practical, but also fun to use." Twitter will be "heavily" integrated, but Facebook will not. A social chat feature will replace public comments.

"The way we see it, comments are rarely used to their full potential anymore and your friends will be more likely to enjoy your responses this way," Anonymous said. "Also, we won't auto-attach our .com or account name to everything you tweet - because we're classy."

News will be aggregated from "external sources, with permission, via various online independent media sites, as well as videos from YouTube, Vimeo and the like." But YAN will have a "strict" aggregation policy, the note said, to avoid posting what it considers to be pop culture drivel.

The site will also accept user-generated content; details about the submission process will be released in the coming days, they said. "We're expecting a great deal of interest, so at the moment we're devising a way to mitigate this inevitable, tedious revision process," the site said.

In the meantime, the group is working on getting the Indiegogo perks to its contributors, which include buttons, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. "When we started this project no one expected we'd need a massive mailing operation," the group said.

As for what type of content readers might expect on the formal YAN site, the Twitter account has focused on Bradley Manning, the protests in Turkey, government surveillance and more.

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