Members of the infamous hacking group Anonymous have put across a message on YouTube, through a video called “Operation Facebook,” hinting to “kill” Facebook on Nov. 5.
The speaker, who represents Anonymous in the video, threatens to destroy the social networking site as they claim Facebook misuses the personal information people share by selling it to government law enforcement agencies in order to keep track of all users' activities.
"Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your privacy settings, and deleting your account is impossible," the speaker says. "Even if you delete your account, all your information stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time."
However, the social networking site has repeatedly confirmed its strict privacy policies, and that they do not share user information with any third parties that the user has not approved.
"We do not share your personal information with people or services you don't want," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post last year. "We do not give advertisers access to your personal information. We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone."
Anonymous’ most common mode of operation is launching distributed denial-of-service attacks, where multiple people use scripts to repeatedly access a Web site, slowing it badly or shutting it down, if the server fails to handle the traffic.
The Anonymous members who spoke about the proposed attack said the hackers involved in this particular operation aren’t the representatives of the whole group.
Being a loosely-knit organization, not every member of Anonymous takes part in every activity; there is no one person that commands the group or can speak on behalf of the hacker group.