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Anonymous threatens to "kill Facebook"

by Kelly MacNeil on August 10, 2011

The hacktivist group known only as Anonymous has said that it has gained access to everything from Iran's government emails to the Twitter account of Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik, and now it has Facebook in its sights. The group announced that it will shut down the popular social networking website on November 5 in an effort to protect internet users' privacy.

Anonymous made the announcement through a brief YouTube video, saying that they will "kill Facebook," because the website has been selling users' information to the government, and that even if users delete their profile, all their information is still kept.

"You are not safe from them nor from any government," the group said in a typed manifesto. "One day you will look back on this and realize what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you."

Though the language is intentionally inflammatory, CNN reports that the group's claims that Facebook, which has yet to comment on the threat, is selling any information is unsubstantiated. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has steadfastly denied that the company participates in such a practice.

"We do not give advertisers access to your personal information," he said last year. "We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone."

Despite the harsh rhetoric in the video, the success of such an action is largely questionable. Anonymous tried to take down Amazon earlier in the year and failed, and it also acknowledged in a Twitter post on Tuesday that the group as a whole may not be in support of the planned November 5 takedown.

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