Those claiming to be members of the group uploaded a video to YouTube in mid-July announcing the operation, which was spotted by Rosie Gray of The Village Voice on Tuesday.
Why is the group targeting Facebook? The video message is most critical of Facebook’s privacy policies, saying the site does not provide its users with enough choice or transparency.
“If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy,” the group said in a statement. The statement also accuses Facebook of selling information to the government, something the company has denied doing in the past.
“We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in The Washington Post last year.
A group affiliated with Anonymous has also targeted Google+ in the past, founding its on social network, Anon Plus, after hackers’ profiles were erased from Google’s site.
(Washington Post Co. chairman and chief executive Donald E. Graham is a member of the Facebook board of directors.)