It's no secret that many devoted iPhone users have grudges with AT&T, blaming it for constant connection problems and dropped calls. But when iPhone creator Steve Jobs slams the company, people take notice. Sorry--Fake Steve Jobs, that is. Confused? The tech writer otherwise known as Dan Lyons made a name as a Newsweek columnist before launching a blog in 2007 satirizing Apple's illustrious CEO. "Fake Steve Jobs" assumes a loopy first-person perspective, claiming to offer Jobs' uncensored--often profane--thoughts as well as letters from other famous figures.
While Fake Steve Jobs has made headlines before, his latest stunt has grabbed the government's attention. Unpersuaded by AT&T's defense, Fake Jobs urged his iPhone-owning readers to collectively bring down AT&T's wireless network. As he wrote on Monday:
Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we'll create a digital flash mob. We're calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!
The movement spread across the Internet, birthing its own separate website, a Facebook Group, an opposing Facebook Group, and a firm denunciation/plea to reconsider from an authentic AT&T spokesperson. It even attracted scolding from the FCC, which said disrupting a network presented a "significant public safety concern."