Citing privacy concerns, the hacker group Anonymous has set its gaze on the world's largest social network, vowing to tear Facebook down on Nov. 5th.
Here are the key parts from its most recent manifesto:
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.
If they could do it, or at least shake user's faith in the stability of the platform, it would make a great opening for G+ (or, Google+), Google's new social offering, which with its compelling user interface and integration with Google's other tools (Picasa, Gmail, etc.) is experiencing a rapid growth all its own.