Infamous Hacker Group Anonymous Have Created a Fake Westboro Baptist Church Facebook Page
Regardless of your thoughts on Anonymous, you have to admit this is brilliant.
Born in 2003 on the forum site, 4chan.org, the mysterious hacker group, who has adopted the popular Guy Fawkes mask as their logo, made a name for themselves by hacking into usually high security sites as pranks, or to steal information, more just to prove they could. Over time, they’ve evolved into more of an online activist group, speaking out (through hacking) against political policy’s and perceived injustices they discover around the world in an attempt to give a voice to the voiceless, if you will. Their motto, “Knowledge is Free. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not Forgive. We do not Forget. Expect Us,” perfectly summarizes what they’re all about.
Their fake Westboro Baptist Facebook page became a prominent share on the social media site after the group announced on its Twitter account they had plans to protest the funerals of those who died in the tragic Boston Marathon bombings on Monday. Initially believed to be a hacking job of the group’s page, it has since been revealed the page was actually created by Anonymous when it was discovered the extreme religious group didn’t have a Facebook page.
After being shared by Facebook darling, and former Star Trek star, George Takei (a must follow, by the way), the page has become a viral sensation with it’s posts promoting human equality, inspirational quotes, along with the occasional funny cat meme (basically the antithesis of the actual Westboro Baptist Church) being shared over and over and over again. This one seems to be particularly popular presumably based on the fact it shows a mix of races (and fictional species — I’m looking at you Lieutenant Worf) and promotes that idea that regardless of who (or what) we are, Jesus loves us no matter what, tagged with Anonymous’ signature line.
While you may not agree with everything, or anything, Anonymous stands for, and you could argue that while no member of the group has ever had charges brought against them even though they have stolen information from others, they have, to some degree, endeared themselves to the mainstream public by taking on a common nuisance in a unique way. And for that I say, “Bravo.”