November 07, 2011, 4:15 PM — What did you do Saturday? Light of a few fireworks at 4 a.m.? Spend the day getting outside a few pints and stuffing an old scarecrow to hang? Build a bonfire so big it would burn the top off the neighbors tree?
Bring down Facebook?
Neither did Anonymous.
Some Anonymi had promised to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day (which is kind of quaint even in England) by standing up for the little guy. In this case, several million little guys who are members of Facebook.
These particular Anonymi don't like Facebook.
Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so they can spy on people all over the world," according to the mechanized voice reading an Anonymous press release online. "Some of these agencies work for authoritarian governments such as Egypt or Syria.
"Join the cause to kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy," said the figure wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and a V for Vendetta Zorro costume.
They do have a point. Right now Facebook seems better known for the many creative ways it has found to gather the private information of its customers and trade their privacy for its gain than it is for that other service it offers.
This particular group of Anonymi – who really don't like Facebook – relented at the last minute.
Or they simply followed through with their brilliant plan of misdirection, giving solid clues that the Facebook attack wouldn't happen, but allowing the media and Facebook itself (probably) to get excited by the prospect of so much attention.
Or the rest of the Anonymi just ignored the irritating little group and went on with its business.
To Press: Medias of the world…Stop Lying! #OpFacebook is just Another Fake! We Don't 'Kill' the messenger. That's not our style. #Anonymous. – AnonOps, Aug. 10, 2011