The online hacktivist collective Anonymous has just lost its verified badge on Facebook, and no one knows why
Last year Facebook in a controversial move, had verified two of the Anonymous pages Anonymous and Anonymous Brasil and granted them the prestigious Facebook
An act which really made people point fingers out on Facebook’s ways of providing verified badges to pages or profiles.
Looking at the very definition of Anonymous; Anonymous is just an idea, no one leads them, however there exists several social media accounts of Anonymous, mostly of various spokespersons which are time to time being handed over to the next generation of Activists to carry on the revolution.
In Facebook’s own words, verified badges are provided to profiles or pages to help people know that these are authentic and genuine.
Some Pages and profiles are verified by Facebook to let people know that they’re authentic. You’ll see a blue badge next to a verified Page or profile’s name. These Pages and profiles may include, Celebrities and public figures Global brands and businesses Media
Not even Twitter which started the trend of verifying the accounts took the risk of facing controversy of providing verified badge to the globally acknowledged official spokesperson Twitter account of Anonymous “YourAnonNews”.
Though Facebook with what looked like provided a verified badge to the two pages looking at the popularity and followers these two pages have with them, not to forget mentioning there were several other pages of Anonymous too with more popularity and more followers at that time but Facebook just did the two at that time.
Facebook seems to have removed the verified badge form one of these pages “Anonymous” without any statement for the same.
The page has always been in controversy after it received the verified badge from Facebook back in June 2014, with most of the Anonymous activists blaming that the page does not follow the principles of Anonymous.
Can Facebook really take out verified badges whenever they want so, Can an account or page loose its authenticity as time goes by. or does Facebook really know what and who Anonymous really are about.
Or is the Facebook who can choose to decide who or what Anonymous is really about!!!
Update: We reached out to Anonymous for their comments and this is what they had to say,
“Not even the very close of the closest claims to be the official”
@Techworm_in We are not an "official spokesperson" account. Those do not exist.
— Anonymous? (@YourAnonNews) April 13, 2015