Anonymous Vows to ‘Destroy’ Facebook on Nov. 5

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Science and Technology, World News

Damon Poeter
PC Mag
August 10, 2011

Anonymous has vowed to “destroy” Facebook on Nov. 5. Or more accurately, somebody has set up a Twitter account and YouTube channel to announce a plan dubbed “Operation Facebook.”

With the loosely affiliated hacktivist collective, it’s always tough to know what’s real, what’s a feint, and what’s a solo effort by some ambitious Anon to marshal the troops.

If Operation Facebook is real, it could mark a new phase for Anonymous, which in recent weeks has joined forces with the remnants of the more tightly knit hacker group LulzSec to target law enforcement agencies in an ongoing operation called Antisec.

The “press release” announcing Operation Facebook does tie it in with Antisec, however.

“Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause,” reads the release, a full copy of which plus a video version is published below. Facebook, which “knows more about you than your family,” according to the press release, “has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world.”

The author exhorts others to “join the cause and kill [F]acebook for the sake of your own privacy.” The press release also includes links to an article about ACLU objections to Facebook’s privacy settings and another complaining about the social networking site’s use of smartphone data.

The Nov. 5 date is significant—that’s the date commemorating Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators’ failed plot to blow up England’s House of Lords in 1605. Though Guy Fawkes Day has historically been celebrated in England for the unraveling of that plot, Alan Moore’s graphic novel V for Vendetta and a later film of the same name helped make Fawkes a sort of anarchist anti-hero in popular culture.

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