I wasn't sure about the claims made, but the video and timing weremuch better than last time. I wrote the story up and promised you I would look for signs that the story is not true. Even while writing it, I checked all the usual sources and nothing seemed out of the ordinary, although I did write: "What makes me skeptical (again) about this claim is that no reason for attacking Facebook is given other than 'to show them indeed that we are not, playing.'"
As you can see in the screenshot above, the proof I needed was posted a few hours after I finished my story about the video. Just like a few months ago, the Twitter account AnonOps has once again debunked the story that Anonymous will attack Facebook: "Again we must say that we will not attack #Facebook! Again the mass media lie."
It's great to get confirmation from AnonOps that this story is not true, although a bit ironic given that it was the account that made me think the attack could be real this time, even after all the time I spent debunking it last time. A few hours before, this tweet went out: "#ActAgainstACTA - News about an #Anonymous huge operation soon >> bit.ly/xCzf36." I should have figured that Anonymous wouldn't target Facebook over ACTA, but that's my error, and I apologize for it. If you want to read about what Anonymous' plan is, check out the blog post Things you need to know about ACTA.
I'll be watching AnonOps, GroupAnon, and a few other sources to see if anything else surfaces regarding the fact that Anonymous will not be attacking Facebook this Saturday.
I haven't figured out yet if the same thing is happening here (are a few rogue Anonymous members trying to take down the world's largest social network?) or if this is some other scam trying to take advantage of the Anonymous name (there are some whispers that the whole point was to spread malware). Either way, I'll do my best to keep you posted.
Update: "We expect Anonymous just like we expect any other attack on any other day," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "Due to our size, we face the same threats as seen everywhere else on the Web, but we have developed partnerships, backend systems, and protocols to confront the full range of security challenges we face. Facebook has always been committed to protecting our users' information, and we will continue to innovate and work tirelessly to defend this data."