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Anonymous not in support of Facebook takedown

Posted by on 10/08/2011


It seems there is obvious disagreement among the Anonymous clan. This comes after AnonOps and GroupAnon both stated that they are not partaking in the November 5th attack on Facebook.

AnonOps stated earlier today that they wish not to target the media which they use to assist in information dissemination, but rather to attack the sources themselves that cause controversy.

We prefer to face the real power and not to face to the same medias that we use as tools. #OpFacebook #Anonymous

Anonymous also posted a couple tweets indicating that FacebookOp is just a tiny faction among the clan, and that their efforts do not represent the core of Anon.

No one can speak for the whole of #Anonymous. There are some anons who support #OpFacebook whilst others do not. | #AnonOps

FacebookOp posted a video on YouTube, explaining that Facebook does not value user’s privacy, and even when accounts are totally wiped from the system, Facebook still maintains a copy of your data on their servers. They also had this to say (dated 5th August 2011).

Attention citizens of the world,

We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. 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.

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. Facebook knows more about you than your family.

You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.

The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is “free,” it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.

Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.

This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.

We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

One of the biggest problems with Anonymous has been the obvious lack of control and coordination. Obviously this stems from the problem of everyone being anonymous, but there are other issues with members taking sides and breaking away into separate factions such as Lulzsec, FacebookOp, etc.

Now that is it clear that Anon’s core is not in favour of the attacks, let’s see how successful these guys are, or if they just make up some excuse when November 5th comes around. Do you think they stand any chance, if any?

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