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.
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.”
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.