Is Anonymous going to takedown Facebook on Nov 5th?

Anonymous is Friendly?
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Today I read a few articles that Anonymous may be working on taking down Facebook on Guy Fawlks day! I got excited! Especially since I have been trying to transition myself to Google+…

Really, can you imagine Facebook getting destroyed on November 5th? It would be the biggest online news in history. Soooo many people use Facebook and pretty much their entire social life is on there. It would sure make more of my friends and family move to Google+ all at once!

It would suck for a few days, but I’m sure Facebook has some pretty good backups of all our data, seeing that they apparently share it with the US government. lol.

Here is the letter some Anonymous members posted today…

DATE: November 5, 2011.

Twitter :
Irc.Anonops.Li #OpFaceBook

Attention citizens of the world,

We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.

Facebook 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. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.

Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your “privacy” settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you “delete” your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.

You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.

The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is “free,” it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.

Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.

This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.

We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

There is a debate going on whether it is a unanimous decision by Anonymous. It looks like there is a splitter group within the group that wishes to attack Facebook but not everyone is on side.
I’d be interested to see Facebook’s reply to the threat. I’m guessing the reply will come tomorrow…


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