A 15-minute video posted to the Web site AnonNews called for the attack, code-named ”Operation Face Flood.” Members identified themselves as part of Anonymous and said they did not like the way Facebook makes money from users’ data. They also accused the site of removing Facebook pages set up by Anonymous.
Disruptions occurred in Stockholm, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lisbon, San Francisco and Moscow, the tech outlet PC World reported. Facebook acknowledged that some users had trouble accessing the Web site but it did not mention the connection to Anonymous.
“Yesterday some users briefly experienced issues loading the site,” Facebook said in a statement. “The issues have since been resolved and everyone should now have access to Facebook. We apologize for any inconvenience.” The company said the issues were not the result of a denial-of-service attack.