Stop backing up your Facebook photos, because hacker collective Anonymous’ plot to kill the ‘book was all a big misunderstanding. Not a hoax, exactly; there was once a plan by an Anonymous user named Speakeasy and associates to raise awareness about Facebook’s privacy policies and start an alternate social networking service. The originators of the idea handed over the reigns to the social network, Anonplus, to others, but left scraps of their work behind. Like in a game of Telephone, those scraps were distorted in the hands of other Internet trolls and eventually it was made to seem as though Anonymous was hell-bent on Facebook’s destruction.
This is what happened, according to a message from Speakeasy on Pastebin:
Nobody ever removed the channel [ed.note the channel outlining #OpFacebook], and so at some point rumours began as to what #opfacebook was. The plan before it was scrapped had been a mass deletion of facebook accounts, however it was decided that a mass deletion of facebook accounts would occur on november the 5th, however this was decided to be a bad idea and so it was removed from the pad. Unfortunately, this left only the draft of a message to facebook, warning that they would “never forget” the 5th of november. At some point, somebody saw the near-empty channel and joined it. Rumours were spread ranging from 0-day exploits in facebook to physical attacks on the server. Soon #opfacebook gained around 40 people who expected an attack on facebook.
The sudden growth of the channel, and the rumours of an attack on facebook brang swarms of mediafags, and then everything turned into a mess similar to the one you’d expect if shit his a fan. And not hard shit – kind of soft and sticky shit.
Media outlets (including us) reported on the alleged #OpFacebook, and Facebook reps even sounded concerned, but Anonymous itself denied it. The whole thing is just the work of other random bored Internet people. Your Facebook profile is safe.