Anonymous Press Release – We Did NOT Attack Facebook
Friday – June 1, 2012 4:00 PM ET USA
This morning it was reported by many mainstream media outlets that Anonymous had attacked the servers of Facebook and caused interruptions in service in a number of countries. We have investigated these allegations and have found them utterly false and without basis.
First we will share what we found, and how these false claims came to be – then we will address, hopefully once and for all – the Anonymous position with regard to Facebook. As this false report began to go viral in the mainstream media this morning, key Anonymous organizers from all over the world and in many countries gathered in the IRC channels we use to communicate.
A quick poll of everyone present, representing a very broad spectrum of the global collective – quickly showed that no one in the actual Anonymous knew anything about an attack on Facebook. Most showed surprise because we all believed that we had successfully squashed the fail Op Facebook months ago, setting the record straight once and for all. So having determined that no one in Anonymous knew anything about an attack on Facebook, we then turned our attention to the facts.
We began with the statement released by Facebook. In that statement they indicated that they knew what the problem was, what it was that caused these service interruptions in various countries – and that it was an INTERNAL issue caused by a problem with some of their servers. Not only did Anonymous NOT attack Facebook, but there was no attack at all. Facebook IT’s were just having a bad day.
So what happened here? How did mainstream media get it so completely wrong? A careful analysis of the events this morning tell the story. It’s a story of lies, deceit – and mainstream media failing in it’s most basic journalistic obligations. None of which surprises us much.
This mornings disaster begins with a single tweet from a Twitter account of a notoriously unreliable group known as @YourAnonNews. Having discovered that people in some countries were having problems logging into their Facebook accounts, they thought it would be cool to take credit for this on behalf of Anonymous. This tweet was then taken as fact, and reported by several tech journals including PC Magazine.
From there is snow-balled and went viral in the mainstream media. There is more than enough blame here to go around. Obviously the idiots at YourAnonNews, who are notorious for these sorts of shenanigans – are mostly responsible. They know well that Op Facebook was long ago rejected by the global collective of Anonymous. They also know well that one of the guiding principles of Anonymous is that we never attack the media, and that includes personal or social media. Finally they are well aware that many Anonymous cells and branches actually have Facebook pages, and that shutting down Facebook would enrage the collective – even if they were capable of such a feat.
@YourAnonNews is followed by many in mainstream media (do to it’s compromised affiliation with George Soros/Change.org/Russel Simmons, Illuminati, Henry Kissinger, Rothschilds, NWO, Ted Turner, Lamar Smith etc), but now is a good time to point out that they are universally discredited within the global collective of Anonymous, and there are far better and more reliable Anonymous Twitter accounts that journalists can follow.
We will provide you with some resources to this end at the conclusion of this release. Now, for the culpability of mainstream media in today’s fiasco. As a simple search online will show any of you journalists, there are MANY accounts and blogs disseminating Anonymous news and propaganda.
As we stated above, we shall provide you with some resources in this release. We have dozens of reliable Twitter accounts, websites, blogs – and even a couple of Internet Radio Stations. If you are going to report on the activities of Anonymous, then take some time and plug into multiple information resources – and then CROSS CHECK your facts amongst these resources BEFORE reporting on Anonymous.
This isn’t just for OUR benefit, but for your own. Because nothing brings discredit on you mainstream reporters faster than to be played for fools as you were today. Finally let us, while we have your attention – address the Anonymous attitude towards Facebook. The fact is that Anonymous has a love-hate relationship with Facebook. While we enjoy the power of social networking media to do our work, bring positive change to the world and spread our message – we utterly despise the current management of Facebook and it’s evil anti-privacy and anti-anonymity policies. We are also not at all happy about their cooperation with law enforcement and intelligence agencies in tyrannical countries around the world, including the USA.
Facebook has much to be ashamed of, and has earned the hatred of all human rights and information activists. But that said, they ARE a personal and social media platform. One that has been used by these same activists to bring about much freedom and justice in this world. Anonymous has certain core principles, and one of those is that we NEVER attack the media (not truthfully sure why, as some media are mere branch extensions of criminal organizations, evil corrupt quasi illegal systems.) – even media we strongly disagree with. There is NO Op Facebook, and there NEVER was. Anonymous did NOT attack Facebook, and we NEVER will.
SIGNED — Anonymous
Anonymous Operations – http://bit.ly/HQSgah
Peoples Liberation Front – http://www.PeoplesLiberationFront.net irc.voxanon.net #VoxAnon
Reliable Twitter Accounts: @AnonPublicRel @PLF2012 @Doemela @DiscordiAnon @AnonyOps @AnonMedics @AnonOpsSweden (NOT exhaustive, just examples)