The number one social networking site Facebook may be looking at tough times ahead, if not the total end of its existence. Early this year, the Facebooking community got a threatening word that the site would shut down in March 15. It didn’t come true. This time around, the threat has a more credible source.
That’s because the dastardly threat comes from no less than Anonymous, the infamous hacking group that has made much of its infiltrating penchant against unsuspecting government agencies and commercial firms come to pass with destructive consequences. The Village Voice site has pointed to an Anonymous press release that states without equivocation that Facebook will go down this 5th of November.
To anyone who remembers the movie “V for Vendetta,” the date has been cinematically immortalized as celebrated by the Brits with fireworks to commemorate Guy Fawkes, a historic figure who was tortured for his passion to blow up Britain’s Parliament Houses.
Is that “F” for Vendetta?
The press release coming from Anonymous candidly declares: “If you are a hacktivist or a guy willing to protect the freedom of information, then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.” The press release then launches into why Facebook has to die. Anonymous alleges that the social network site has been prostituting information to government agencies, providing “clandestine access to information security firms so they can spy on people around the word.” Moreover, it alleges that many of these security firms work for authoritarian regimes like Syria and Egypt.
It didn’t end there, the press release takes on a hearty discussion that Facebook owns and makes money out of the information in your profile account. It adds that its members are not safe from any government and that people will one day realize that its actions were right saying “we are not harming you but saving you.”
The question now facing many social networkers is why Anonymous is giving notice of action and not just do it? You may also speculate if owners of Facebook are right now trembling in fear and taking any precaution or even reaching out to Anonymous to broker some peace deal in the interest of co-existence. It will, indeed, be distressing if, come November 5, you can no longer share your pictures on Facebook, or play CityVille. Are hackers really more powerful than Facebook?