UPDATED: Fake Steve Jobs has posted an appeal to the wild eyed, digital flashmob of activists he helped create, pleading with the "Operation Chokehold" coalition of almost 2,000 members strong to find a better way to protest alleged substandard iPhone service provided by AT&T.
"I really don’t want to cause any actual harm to my fellow AT&T users. Quite the opposite — I feel as if we’re all caught in the same horrible prison, suffering alongside one another."
"The point is, I’m not sure we can stop this thing." FSJ writes.
The great Fake one goes on to suggest other methods of protesting in his post, which include a call for physical flashmobs to show up outside AT&T stores with duct tape over their mouths.
"Another idea and perhaps the best one: Let’s form actual flash mobs outside AT&T stores and put duct tape over their mouths. Anyone up for this?" FSJ writes.
It's clear at this point that what began as a mindless prank is now rapidly spinning out of control, opening doors to legitimate fears by Dan Lyons (Fake Steve) of a legal backlash if the event actually causes AT&T's network harm.
The real problem is that the idea of crashing AT&T's service through a new form of digital activism has resonated with thousands of angry iPhone faithful. Many which feel powerless to create authentic change in their spotty cellular service. A reality that impacts many who live in the Manhattan area of New York as well as in downtown San Francisco.
"Most people are positive, but a few have suggested Chokehold could be illegal and that Dear Leader might be facing years of prison time for his role in inciting this peaceful protest." FSJ wrote.
Several comments on the FSJ website are already condemning Lyons' attempt to reverse "Operation Chokehold", challenging the satirist to "have the balls to stick to it."
"As I'm sure most commenters will say in response to this post - don't be a pussy... You started this, have the balls to stick to it, make an impact, and do something that could potentially leave it's mark on history." johnNYS01 wrote.
"Please don't disappoint us again with such a weak and cowardly post. The momentum this has created is beyond your control, and be prepared to accept the repercussions - good or bad."
Since I began this post, over three hundred more supporters have signed up as fans on the official Operation Chokehold Facebook page. Meanwhile, a chokehold opposition group calling themselves "Operation Cuckoo", has gained only 21 members. With less than two days until the "chokehold" reaches its climax, it may take the real Steve Jobs to redirect this emerging storm and convince Fake Steve's digital flash-mobsters to put down their iPhones peacefully.
The chief of the FCC's public safety and homeland security bureau has also weighed in to loose the potential chokehold on AT&T by issuing a warning to iPhone flash-monsters that their planned protest could be a threat to public safety.
"Threats of this nature are serious and we caution the public to use common sense and good judgment when accessing the Internet from their commercial mobile devices," Jamie Barnett told ABC news.
Until something changes, iPhone's high noon date with destiny remains in full effect. Barreling towards a conclusion on Friday, December 18th. We're following this story closely as the made for reality TV drama unfolds.
[Chokehold Invitation Source here]