Newswire: No, your Facebook friends are not all at the Standing Rock reservation

If you’ve taken a break from gainful employment today to check Facebook, you’ve probably noticed a flood of strange check-ins: friends, from seemingly all across the globe, checking in this morning at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. No, you did not miss a group vacation, and your friends have not suddenly decamped to participate in the ongoing protests there. It’s the result of a Facebook post that has gone viral, reading as follows:

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has been using Facebook check-ins to find out who is at Standing Rock in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps. SO Water Protectors are calling on EVERYONE to check-in at Standing Rock, ND to overwhelm and confuse them. This is concrete action that can protect people putting their bodies and well-beings on the line that we can do without leaving our …

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