“Remember, remember the fifth of November. The gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”
A video was uploaded on YouTube by the group Anonymous stating that on Nov. 5 Facebook will be destroyed. They ask the world to join them in an effort to save human privacy and protect the freedom of information.
“I’ve been thinking about deleting my Facebook for a while so it would be kind of a relief for it to be deleted.” said Sophia Khan, Canton sophomore. “Most people change their names or make it completely private when applying to graduate school or an internship so why not eliminates the source altogether – that way people wouldn’t be worried about what incriminating information could be found out.”
Anonymous began in 2003 as a hacking group who utilizes civil disobedience in order to protect the rights of people. The members are banded together through many internet sources, such as 4chan, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Wiki, and YouTube. They place “attacks” through the internet and have continued to remain enigmatic for 8 years.
If Facebook really is destroyed, the most popular means of social media connections will be broken- no more status updates, uploaded pictures, or casual creepings on random people. Life before Facebook was a time most college students do not remember.
“Facebook is a great tool to help me keep in touch with people that are difficult to get ahold of.” said Rickey Atkins, West Bloomfield sophomore. “I can talk to my family who live out west and all of my friends from high school.”
Anonymous claims that Facebook has been giving private information to government agencies and security firms, which allows them to spy on people throughout the world, including Syria and Egypt. Nothing is private on Facebook, regardless of privacy settings or the deletion of your account.
“Privacy settings are a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.” said Anonymous. “You cannot hide from the reality in which you the people of the internet live in.”
So students, save those pictures and take advantage of the next couple of days.
“One day you will look back on this and realize what we have done here is right.” Anonymous said. “Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history.”