Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Media reports are mixed on "Anonymous" threat to Facebook, scheduled for Nov. 5

There are wide reports that elements of the hactivist group “Anonymous” have threatened to invade and shut down Facebook on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

For example, here is the CNET story by Chris Matyszczyk, with some mention of the WB film “V for Vendetta” here

Chloe Albanesius has a more analytic article at PC Magazine here

Business Insider has a briefer story with a portrait of Mark Zuckerberg, and a disclaimer from Anonymous leadership, here

The original YouTube video complains that Facebook continues to sell personal information and that information cannot be deleted even by closing an account.

Ironically, Facebook has recently been arguing in public that anonymous use of the Internet should be banned, despite the importance of anonymous speech in the recent "Arab spring" and for civil disobedience against authoritarian regimes. 

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