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Pipeline Protesters Receive Support from Social Media “Check-In” Campaign

Pipeline Protesters Receive Support from Social Media “Check-In” Campaign

Native Americans and environmental activists have been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is centered around two issues with the pipeline’s proposed construction: its environmental impact on drinking water in the area and its desecration of native culture as it will deface a sacred burial ground. Pipeline protesters have been being arrested after checking-in on social media, for that reason, a campaign has been started to show support.

There was little to no press coverage of the protests in the beginning, however awareness of the issues have grown. In the past few days, Facebook users all over the globe have started checking in at Standing Rock Indian Reservation to publicly announce their support for the pipeline protesters. Reportedly, the world wide check-ins began as a way to confuse police, who were trying to identify protesters at Standing Rock through Facebook check-ins.

People all over the world are now not only checking into the location, but also liking the few pages that show Standing Rock as a location, adding messages of support for the Native American cause. Others on Facebook and Twitter are using the hashtag #NoDAPL = No Dakota Pipeline to signal their view on the issue.

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As of early this afternoon, at least 220,000 people have checked in at least three different pages showing their location as Standing Rock, and check-ins and likes are continuing at a pace of hundreds every minute. After making the check-in post, social media users are urged to make a follow up post explaining the check-in:
“Explanation of prior public post:
‘The Morton County Sherriff’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 Protecters 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 homes. Will you join me in Standing Rock?’
If you plan to do this, make a public post with the check-in, and then post a separate friends-only post like this to explain.”