Facebook’s destruction might be a shocking title for you, but it is not me who says that it will be destroyed, it is “Anonymous” who says it! Anonymous is a hacktivist group which is responsible for attacks on Pentagon, News Corp and 70 other law enforcement sites. This group vows to destroy Facebook and the deadline given by them is November 5th. This is not all, Google had also removed Anonymous’ Gmail and Google+ accounts in reply to which Anonymous pledged to create its own social network called Anonplus “a new social network where there is no fear … of censorship … of blackout … nor of holding back.”
Anonymous believes that Facebook is a social network which vows to keep your information private but it fails to do so. Previous instances have shown that Facebook Apps allegedly transfer user information to advertisers. Facebook might seem to you as a social network which runs on its users’ trust but you are not aware that Facebook is using your private data to make money. If you are an iPhone user, you must be aware that Facebook uploads all your contacts and unrelated names to your account when you use the Contacts Sync feature and these contacts can bee seen by all of your friends. Facebook does not explain completely about the Contacts Sync feature and most of them assume that it synces only your photos with the profile pictures.
It is also very difficult for a user to delete his/her Facebook account as the personal data of the user exists on Facebook even after the account has been deleted.
A tweet from Anonymous says that while some of its members are working on the attack on Facebook, the organization as a whole does not necessarily agree with the attack.
The full announcement made by Anonymous in text is given below. You can also find the video released by Anonymous on Youtube at the end of the post. We would also publish further updates on this topic and you can subscribe to BlogoTech to stay updated, or enter your email id in the subscription box [spam free] below the post.
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
Announcement to Kill Facebook by Anonymous