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President Obama Responds to Petitions Against Gun Violence in New Video

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In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, social networks lit up with cries for gun control. Hundreds of thousands of people descended on We the People, the White House’s official petition portal, to ask the President to take meaningful action to help stop gun violence. Today, President Obama released a video recorded especially for those who signed these petitions. Read More

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Twitter Suspends Anonymous’s Most Popular Account, @YourAnonNews (Update: It’s Back)

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Twitter has suspended one of the Anonymous’s most followed accounts, @YourAnonNews, which boasted almost 800,000 followers prior to its suspension. Some members of the hacktivist collective believe that the account was suspended for its work in helping to organize an operation meant to keep the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at the funerals of Sandy Hook victims. As Twitter does not comment on the status of individual accounts, Betabeat cannot confirm why the account was suspended. Read More

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Anonymous Plans to Form Human Shield to Protect Sandy Hook Funeral Goers From Westboro Baptist Church

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Anonymous has been hitting the Westboro Baptist Church hard after the hate group announced it would picket funerals in Newtown. The hacker collective has released private information about the church’s most influential members, hacked into its spokesperson’s Twitter account and taken down 19 of its registered domains. Now, Anonymous is planning to take its efforts offline and into the town itself. Read More

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Anonymous Takes Down Westboro Baptist Church Website

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Anonymous is currently executing a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) on the website of the Westboro Baptist Church, GodHatesFags.com. The website is currently inaccessible.

The hacktivist collective launched an operation against the notorious hate group after Westboro announced that they will picket the funerals of victims of Friday’s devastating school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. An Anonymous source told Beteabeat that they intend to continue the DDOS attack throughout the day; he also said that the group plans to gain control of the website and deface it. Read More

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Twitter Account of Westboro Baptist Church Spokesperson Hacked; Teen Hacker Cosmo the God Claims Responsibility

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Anonymous announced its intention to “destroy” Westboro Baptist Church this weekend following news that the group would be picketing the funerals of children who died in Friday’s horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Now, infamous 15-year-old hacker Cosmo the God of the Underground Nazi Hacktivist Group (UGNazi) appears to have joined the fray. The Twitter account of much-reviled Westboro spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper has been hacked, and Cosmo is claiming responsibility. Ms. Phelps-Roper is the daughter of Fred Phelps, who is the head of the WBC. Read More

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Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Plans to Picket Sandy Hook Funerals

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The Westboro Baptist Church, widely reviled for its homophobic beliefs and protests of veteran funerals, announced on Saturday that it would picket at Sandy Hook Elementary School following the tragic shooting there Friday that took the lives of 27 people. Members of Anonymous began an operation against the Church to discourage them from protesting at the school and compounding the misery already experienced by Newtown residents. Read More

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Cries for Gun Control Resound Across Social Media Following Mass Shooting at Connecticut Elementary School

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Following the devastating news that 27 people, including 20 children, had been killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, many immediately took to their Facebook and Twitter pages to lament what they see as the U.S.’s frightening lack of gun control. In New York, #guncontrol trended on Twitter throughout the afternoon, with everyone from casual observers to celebrities to pundits weighing in on how stricter gun laws could have stymied the actions of the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Read More