Anonymous Vow to Take Facebook Down: But Why?

Anna Leach Tech 58 Comments

We may only find out if it’s true on November 5 when we try to log into Facebook and find the site has collapsed, but in the meantime know that hacking group Anonymous have threatened to take down Facebook on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day. And we’re not just talking about an outage, by the sounds of things they want to wipe it off the face of the netz.

A video launching the threat to “kill Facebook” was pasted on YouTube – see below. We’re not sure how genuine it is and to be fair, it’s not really Anon style to post a video of an attack with a target and a date before they do it, I think they’re likely to issue some veiled threat. However, let’s take it at face value and look at why the hell these guys want to take down the website where people put their holiday photos.

Anonymous are mostly famous for their politically motivated attacks & boycotts on behalf of Wikileaks and their data dumps on police forces. They have been involved in supporting the Arab Spring too.

So why Facebook? They can’t have run out of Middle Eastern dictators already can they? Turns out it’s all about information control – see the three key claims they make below.
[NB: we can’t substantiate these, but they are the allegations that Anon has made against Facebook in this video.]

Claim 1) FB sells your personal information to government agencies.

Claim 2) FB is passing over information about activists in Egypt and Syria. They offer clandestine access to members’ information to security firms, who then pass the information onto governments including those in Egypt in Syria.

Claim 3) It’s impossible to delete your Facebook account. They say that even if you delete your account, Facebook stores all the information and can pull it up at any time.

Anonymous acknowledge that we’d miss it: calling Facebook the “medium of communication [we] all so dearly adore.”

My message to these guys: on balance Facebook does way more for social good and democracy than against it. Remember that Egyptian couple who called their child Facebook? It’s been a force for good and Zuckerberg is not just in it for the money, he just likes playing around with this stuff. Also, when Twitter took down the Wikileaks account, Facebook kept their page up.

By Anna Leach | August 10th, 2011

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  • Ruhel

    its down atm

  • chuffed

    Down in Ireland too!

  • Mandi Neill

    down in oceanside ca

  • http://[email protected] Rage

    Down in India too………..

  • Mandi Neill

    down in oceanside ca
    also want to mention that there are computer programs available that are very affordable that can ‘scrape’ names and phone numbers from anywhere on the web….

  • Anonymous

    Down in Mexico

  • ella

    down in portsmouth u.k

  • justjoeindenver

    down in colorado.

  • Ramon

    Can’t log in @ California

  • Anonymous

    down in PA

  • california

    Down in california

  • Anonymous

    Down in Jersey

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  • Anonymous

    Down in washington

  • Tiffany

    Yep, down in NC.

  • Anonymous

    I guess anonymous started early

  • Anonymous

    ima take it that it’s down everywhere

  • Anonymous

    Down in Jersey

  • London

    Down in london too !!!

  • boubou

    Down in quebec, Canada

  • Anonymous

    down on LA

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    Down in quebec, Canada

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    down in serbia

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  • glenoman

    down in alberta

  • Guy

    Down in jack, FL this is amazing. I suspect foul play.

  • Anonymous

    Down In VA!

  • anon

    Down in Jack, FL. I suspect foul play.

  • Facebookkillshumanity

    Hopefully down forever so maybe people will start interacting in real time with others. Down in Colorado…yay!

  • anonymous

    It us not working in charlotte nc now

  • Anonymous

    Down in Perth, Australia

  • Bill

    Down in Santa Barbara!

  • Holy Diver

    Down in Las Vegas, NV

  • omg its down

    *golf clap* its down in WA…. :'(

  • Holy Diver

    Down in Las Vegas, NV


    Down in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Worldwide outage


  • Anonymous

    Its down due to site mantanance. i would assume they are trying to protect themselves from a denial of service attack


    Back up in Santa Barbara, CA

  • pat

    Down in Australia for hours now.
    -back online since 2:40 PM GMT 10

  • joan

    even internet is down in my house too for not paying bills to comcast

  • borat

    down in the glorious nation of kazakhstan!

  • Attckdog

    Mines working great…. wtf?

  • JoBlo

    Went down on me too. Wait…that sounds kinda perverted huh?

  • lar

    I haven’t been able to log in in Oregon since last night…I could post from my phone but can’t this am.

  • lar

    I haven’t been able to log in in Oregon since last night…I could post from my phone but can’t this am.

  • mar

    down in the netherlands :-(

  • bcol

    Down in MD Since midnight last night

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    It’s been down in Mn. too. Did the gov do it? We did have a major solar flair a couple of days ago, a X6.9. They said it was pointed away from earth, so it shouldn’t cause any problems. Why is it down and not one news site is talking about it?

  • Big Jammy

    Down in the valley, valley so low.
    Hang your head over feel the wind blow.

  • anon

    down in Finland as well!

  • fml

    down in TX

  • Anon

    Its down in America for me, Tennessee. Been down since 8/10/11.

  • Anon1

    Down in Alberta Canada.

  • Damn Facebookers

    I used to have a fb account, I don’t know why, but I created one, years ago, I never used it, so, after receiving many mails from that web, I decided to delete my account, I make the steps but my account still was there for a long time.

  • fbisdown

    down in southern ontario.