It seems Facebook has begun to slowly take over the world, with more than 700 million active users, people are highly addicted to the social network — wasting hours a day posting status updates about their life details. At a earlier point in this year, there was a rumor going around that Facebook would be shut down March 15, but this time there’s news of a credible threat, from a hacker activist group a lot of you may know about already — Anonymous.
For those of you that don’t know or don’t remember, Anonymous was the same group that hacked (declared war) on Sony and succeeded in taking down one of the biggest corporations in the world for a few weeks. An Anonymous press release states that Facebook is going to get it on November 5. So what is the significance of this day? November 5th is the day when British people let off fireworks to commemorate Guy Fawkes, a man who felt the passionate need to detonate Britain’s house of Parliament — you might have seen Guy Fawkes immortalized in the fine movie “V For Vendetta.”
Anonymous’ press release declares: “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.” The group also offers an interesting accusation against the social networking giant: “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.”
For all you Facebook lovers that oppose Anonymous, I’d just like to say that this group has the right idea. It’s quite clear that Facebook sells your private information to the government — and if the Patriot Act wasn’t enough to invade your privacy, Facebook is the easiest way for the government to keep a close eye on you. Anonymous makes very clear which side it believes Facebook has made its bed and laid its skateboard. It says: “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 question now is whether Anonymous will succeed in their mission to take down the social networking giant worth $50 billion, they will probably be ready to go with hundreds if not thousands of individuals securing the website. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Facebook and am rooting for Anonymous to succeed — support the rebel cause because the governments have a tighter hold on you than your realize — to such an extent that privacy doesn’t exist anymore. Stay posted but I’d like to hear your opinion on the matter — do you support or go against Anonymous and do you think they will succeed in their mission? Comment below!