Anonymous Going After Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day

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Remember, remember, the fifth of November.

Better get all that Facebooking done before the end of the weekend. Renowned hacktivist group Anonymous has pledged to take down Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day — Monday, Nov. 5 — unless the closely affiliated gaming company Zynga agrees to back off on plans to lay off 1,000 employees.

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Calls for the shutdown come after the San Francisco–based makers of FarmVille announced a 5% cut to their workforce and the closure of their Boston office, according to Wired. The magazine estimates that the struggling company could save between $15 million and $20 million through the cuts.

Anonymous posted a YouTube Video in which they announced their intention to bring Facebook down and make many Zynga games playable for free. The video has since been removed, but the statement remains posted on the group’s website:

Zynga customers and Facebook users , We are anonymous . During the last few days anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of their employees and their actions against many developers .

We have come to believe that this actions of Zynga will result in massive layoff of a thousand people and legal actions against everyone that speaks to the public about this plan. It will also come to end of the US game market as we know it as all this jobs will be replaced in other more convenient financial countries. With a billion dollars cash sitting in a bank we do believe that such actions are an insult to the population and the behaviour of corporations like Zynga must change.

Anonymous could not allow this to happen so it’s starting to release confidential documents we have leaked on this plan As we speak we are planning to release also all the games we’ve taken from their servers for free.

That being said we will stop the idea of the distribution of such games if Zynga will cease immediately the plan.

The relationship between Facebook and Zynga is quite symbiotic. Zynga dominates the social-gaming market, according to the Daily Mail, with hugely popular games including FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words with Friends. It also accounted for 14% of Facebook’s total revenue, the Daily Mail adds.

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Guy Fawkes was a Catholic conspirator arrested for plotting to blow up the English Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605. He’s become something of an icon for Anonymous activists; their trademark Guy Fawkes masks — based largely on a design used in the graphic novel and 2006 film V for Vendetta — have been widely adopted by other protesters.

Guy Fawkes Day, on Nov. 5, is a popular British holiday that commemorates Fawkes’ arrest, and it’s also a popular day of action for Anonymous: they threatened to close down Facebook on Nov. 5, 2011, too, although without success.

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22 comments
LupeCortes
LupeCortes

Reason why is cause humans "were born normal but have became socially austistic "

GsusFreakid
GsusFreakid

What's so bad about laying off employees?  employers are not required to keep employees.  That's common sense.

MrMister
MrMister

FWIW, 5th November is not a holiday in the UK.

RalphSimpson
RalphSimpson

Obviously, English is not the primary language of whoever wrote this release.

MichaelGjertsen
MichaelGjertsen

if there is some kind of scam virus so it is incredibly badly done to post it

MichaelGjertsen
MichaelGjertsen

Apparently, they have not managed to hack facebook it is secured against the so say all think you must be a genius out of the ordinary to do it but it's probably no one who can do it facebook function normally

MichaelGjertsen
MichaelGjertsen

it's true but why should that kind of idiots put down facebook, they have no reason we should take from the pc their only Fori they look a little too much on porn and various da

vinceabbate
vinceabbate

No reason to target Facebook because, with their threat, Anonymous already hacked the English language. Really. Look at the quote. I have to believe it was either written by a third-grader or someone with down syndrome. 

MichaelGjertsen
MichaelGjertsen

bored so much so that when they need to destroy us all other

CaseyPritchard
CaseyPritchard

Really? Taking down Facebook? So they are mad about some people losing their jobs and from what they are about to do is going to make more people lose their jobs... *stupidface* GENIUS!

the7thcircuit
the7thcircuit

>>>Freedom of Speech

>>>publicly traded company guilty of numerous privacy rights violations

Please Pick One

CoreyOtfLake
CoreyOtfLake

Funny, I use Facebook for media outlet and is the most effective way to spread Anonymous' messages and never use zynga, nothing like shooting yourself in the foot and attacking freedom of speech.

kkmybadd
kkmybadd

they were unsuccessful last year ... what makes them think this year will be any different?

AndrewDaffadildoDavies-Land
AndrewDaffadildoDavies-Land

you would think they would chose a better cause to ralley against most people hates Zynga and requests for their games lmfao!! 

EddieBosano-Andrews
EddieBosano-Andrews

In 1605 the parliament was English, the British state didn't come into existence until 1707.

kootenayredneck
kootenayredneck

Ant they probably will using something along the lines of an Android device.

StevieWonder
StevieWonder

@MrMister Was a day off for me! 

Working hard to get my fill,Everybody wants a thrillPayin' anything to roll the dice,Just one more timeSome will win, some will loseSome were born to sing the bluesOh, the movie never endsIt goes on and on and on and on

sam
sam

@vinceabbate or someone who does not speak the language, Sherlock.