The plot was first revealed via a YouTube video In consistent V for Vendetta style, the plans were been scheduled for Guy Fawkes day, the 5th of November 2011.

"Attention citizens of the world: we are Anonymous. Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed," stated the video.

Why? To make the world a better, freer, safer place, of course. "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."

The details seemed persuasive, but various telltale signs hinted that this might not be an 'official' Anonymous Operation (insofar as anything that the anarchic, de-centralized Anonymous does is 'official', of course). The sound was not up to the usual audio standards, for one thing, and nothing posted on any of the group's typically up-to-the-minute Twitter accounts backed up the claims.

Since then, we've heard some conflicting stories about "opFacebook".

According to @anonops, the threat is real but it is not necessarily a full-on Anonymous threat. "#OpFacebook is being organised by some Anons," AnonOps tweeted. "This does not necessarily mean that all of #Anonymous agrees with it."

And one of the most vociferous Anons categorically denied the operation. "ATTN Media: Don't get trolled by trolls pushing for #opFacebook," tweets @anonymouSabu. "It simply does not exist."

Later in the day, it seemed that some sort of consensus had been reached. "An anonymous board meeting was held. We have decided to renounce #OpFacebook. That is all," @AnonyOps tweeted around 5pm EDT. "The old hats of Anonymous have decided to take stronger hold of the reins. We're taking Anon back. Time for sensible, focused discussion."

 

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