If you’re the type who’s always on Facebook, next week might just turn out to be a bummer for you — hacker collective Anonymous is threatening to take down Facebook next Monday. According to a report by Wired, Anonymous has stated in a YouTube video that it would take down Facebook if gaming company Zynga does not do a volte face on “plans to lay off about 1,000 employees and outsource work.” The hacktivist group is also threatening to release Zynga’s games for free.
While the rest of the world was watching Apple unveiling its iPad mini on October 23, Zynga announced that it would be slashing its workforce by 5 percent and gave employees in its Austin, Texas branch two hours to clear their desks. The company also announced that it would be closing its Boston office, and hinted that its British and Japanese offices might be closed down, too.
Might take Facebook down next Monday.
Apparently, Anonymous does not like Zynga cutting its losses and has posted the video, which was taken down as it “violates YouTube’s policy on depiction of harmful activities”. We have, however, managed to get our hands on the transcript of the video, which reads:
“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 goes on to state that it has leaked documents from Zynga that claim the company will lay off 800 employees and “completely outsource our development teams in our offices in Bangalore, India to hedge our position in the long term.”
Right now, we can’t be sure if Anonymous will, or even can, carry out the threat. It isn’t even clear if the documents the hacktivist group claims to possess are legitimate.
Anonymous has of late been quite twitchy, lashing out at websites and organisations for not doing what it thinks is right. The group recently distanced itself from WikiLeaks, since the secret-leaking site was running a fundraising campaign through obtrusive banners. Parts of WikiLeaks' website disappeared behind a banner asking that users either make a donation or publicize the fundraising campaign on their Facebook or Twitter pages.
The tactic is reminiscent of the paywalls of some online newspapers, but it has angered Anonymous, who argue that charging for content sits uneasily with WikiLeaks' devotion to transparency. Several high-profile Twitter accounts linked to the Anonymous group vented their anger at Assange early this month.
Published Date: Nov 02, 2012 11:14 am | Updated Date: Nov 02, 2012 11:14 am