Everyone On Facebook Is Checking Into Standing Rock. Here’s Why!
Members of law enforcement in Standing Rock, North Carolina are pulling out all the stops against those peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Armored vehicles, tasers, pepper spray and riot gear are just a few of intimidation techniques being used to show power against the protesters. Those who can’t physically be there to protest the pipeline have found another way to show their support: Facebook.
Internet Users Show Their Support
When unverified reports emerged that police were using Facebook check-ins to track those who were protesting at Standing Rock, internet users stepped in to help. People all over the country began using Facebook to check in at Standing Rock, which appears as Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Many were hundreds of miles away from the site of protest, but they showed their support to those who were actually there in an effort to confuse police.
It’s unclear if the mass amount of check-in’s actually confused police. Regardless, the fact that people all over the country came together through social media to support a cause is pretty incredible. When law enforcement spoke to protesters at Standing Rock, the protesters claimed they did not issue a call to internet users to check in at the location. They also voiced their appreciation for the show of support.
Anyone who hasn’t heard of the Dakota Access Pipeline by now is probably not a regular internet user. Social media has played a huge role in spreading word of the pipeline and the protest. Protesters have documented and posted serious violations of free speech and the right to protest. The posts have gained the public’s attention. With a lack of mainstream coverage, these individual postings are showing the truth about what’s going on in Standing Rock.