The group wrote in a transcript of its YouTube video, “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 [sic] for the sake of your own privacy.”
Facebook did not right away answer with an official remark concerning the threat.
Anonymous alleges it is doing Facebook users a service because the company is “selling information to government agencies.” It as well declares that the privacy controls of Facebook are a joke and that the users cannot really delete their accounts.
The group wrote, “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.”
November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates when Fawkes and others placed explosives under the British House of Lords in 1605. The Guy Fawkes mask and story was popularized in the ten-issue comic series V for Vendetta and the movie based upon it.
The @YourAnonNews Twitter account showed to verify that the video was issued by Anonymous, with a tweet on Tuesday night affirming, “Remember remember the fifth of November the FaceBook treason and plot…”
The threat to destroy Facebook comes only a day after the group effectively hacked and defaced the Syrian Ministry of Defense’s website. Anonymous has gained much publicity in the previous year with attacks on PayPal, Visa, Amazon, Bank of America and several world governments. The group was charged for the huge attack on PlayStation Network of Sony, but it denied participation.
Even if Anonymous has had success in hacking a few major websites in the past, it is questionable that it would be victorious against Facebook. When you believe that the hacking group has given Facebook several months to get ready for an attack, it is extremely doubtful Facebook would be carried down. But when you are talking about a group of hackers with an aim to spread discord, you could not at all be sure.