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Militant hacking group Anonymous has made it its mission to declare "war" on Islamic State (Isis) after announcing plans to hold an official trolling day against IS sympathisers on 11 December.
The campaign called "Day of Rage" will see Anonymous and its supporters take the fight to IS (Daesh) by mocking the group in a number of different ways through social media. It released a statement as part of its OpIsis campaign, which was launched after the Charlie Hedbo massacre in France, stating that Isis "thrive off of fear" and trolling its members "will show them that we are not afraid" and "mock them for the idiots they are".
The uprising is planned around the world, with Anonymous setting objectives for different social media networks for those who want to join the cause.
Post mocking photos of Isis using the hashtags #Daesh and #Daeshbags
Post photos of goats while @ing Isis members with captions talking about their wives
Use hashtags that many Isis members use and post mocking photos
Use hashtags Isis members use to expose them as being Daesh members
Call the attention of @ Isis members to all your friends for them to report to Twitter
Use hashtags known for Isis members to use post photos of dead Isis members
Try to get #Daeshbags trending
Post photos showing you are not afraid of them
Openly call them Daesh
Post photos of captured Isis members and mock them
Find Isis accounts and out them to all of your friends, asking them to report the accounts to Facebook
Openly call them Daesh and Deashbags
Spread mocking photos of Isis
Make mocking videos of Isis
Spread photos of dead or captured Isis members
Call on other YouTubers to join in to mock and belittle Isis members
Find any Isis accounts and report them
There has already been a number of mocking memes and photos doing the rounds of the internet with Isis fighters Photoshopped as rubber ducks, cats dressed up and posing as members and Isis sympathiser accounts being spammed by anime pictures.
It is believed Anonymous's OpIsis campaign has already managed to take down 150 Isis-related websites and unmask hundreds of thousands of Twitter accounts of Isis members and supporters. One act saw Anonymous take down an Isis propaganda site and replace it with an advert for Prozac. The hacktivist group hopes this mass uprising will demonstrate "strength in numbers can make a real difference" and that "we will prevail after all their horrors" rather than "hide in fear".
Anonymous Day of Rage demonstration times and locations
Demonstrations across the US, Canada and Europe will also be held on 11 December, with times and locations released in an Anonymous statement:
- London: Constitution Hill from 6pm-10pm
- Paris: Tuileries Garden from 5pm-9pm
- Madrid: Gran Via from 5pm-10pm
- Cannes: Promenade de la Croisette from 5pm-9pm
- Los Angeles: Los Angeles City Hall from 3pm-9pm
- New York: Central Park from 4pm-8pm
- Seattle: Space Needle from 4pm-9pm
- Mexico City: Alameda Central from 6pm-10pm
- Vancouver: Stanley Park from 3pm-8pm
Expect to see your social media feeds take an interesting turn come 11 December as Anonymous claims it will be a day that Isis will never forget.