Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous recently announced their newest target — Facebook.
According to a proclamation made via YouTube, associates of Anonymous will “destroy” Facebook on Nov. 5 in retaliation of what they claim is the site’s misuse of personal information.
“Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed,” the speaker explained in the video. “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 speaker in the video also claims Facebook has been selling user information to government agencies and giving it to security firms for monitoring purposes.
“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.”
The announced date for the operation, Nov. 5, is significant. It marks Guy Fawkes Day, a U.K. commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot in which Fawkes placed explosives under the British House of Lords in 1605. The story served as the basis for Alan Moore’s novel, “V for Vendetta,” which later inspired the film. Anonymous members have previously used the anarchist masks worn in the movie as symbols for some of their earlier public actions.
The entire collective does not agree on Operation Facebook, however.
“OpFacebook is being organized by some Anons,” read a tweet yesterday from GroupAnon. “This does not necessarily mean that all of Anonymous agrees with it.”