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Anonymous Plans Facebook Shutdown on Nov. 5

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Everyone's favorite vigilante hacking group, the enigmatic Anonymous, says they plan to take down Facebook on Nov. 5, saying that Facebook "gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them 'for their own good' while they then make millions off of you."

"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," Anonymous said in a statement, "... Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more "private" is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family." This is probably true: if they had bothered to look at my interests on my Facebook page, maybe they would've known that the Twilight box set they got me for Christmas was a horrible idea.

"I like ZOMBIES, dammit, not vampires! UGH."

Although Anonymous recently tweeted that all of Anonymous isn't necessarily on board with the attack, the harsh language used in the release is enough to give pause. Anonymous (or whatever faction wrote the release) claims that Facebook users are being "raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don't understand the consequences."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWQTS8zqYXU&feature=player_embedded

In May 2010, Zuckerberg wrote to the Washington Post, saying "You have control over how your information is shared. We do not share your personal information with people or services you don't want. We do not give advertisers access to your personal information. We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone."

The scheduled hack comes in the wake of plans for AnonPlus, Anonymous' own social network made in response to their barred entry from Google+.

In line with Anonymous' trademark Guy Fawkes masks that many members used in Scientology protests, the date references Guy Fawkes Day. Now, people will "Remember, remember, the 5th of November" as the day they were slightly inconvenienced by a lack of meaningless friend updates.

Dylan McHugh is a published DePaul University journalism major (game design minor) who loves writing about video games almost as much as he does playing them. Combining the best of print journalism with the sharp wit and connectivity of newer media, Dylan is determined to write stories that enthrall, immerse, and stay with the reader long after the final period. His articles have appeared in Chicago Dispatcher, The DePaulia, and his own video game blog Dead Pixel Daily. In his free time, Dylan enjoys playing guitar and authoring alluring alliterations. Dylan is also an extremely cool guy [citation needed].

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