This Facebook plea is similar to calls in 2009, during the controversial presidential election in Iran, where supporters of the Green Movement urged people to change their Twitter location to Tehran. Similarly, there was no indication that this action mitigated local Iranian authorities’ ability to arrest protesters.
The Sacred Stone Camp, one of the primary organizers of the Dakota protesters who are on site, told Ars in a statement:
There is no solid line between “organizers” and others this is a movement, not an organization.
There are many camps and points of contact, we can only verify that it did not originate from the Sacred Stone Camp FB page. We support the tactic, and think it is a great way to express solidarity.The copy and paste technique has created a unique way of generating numbers of support—it’s more impactful to see thousands of our friends take the time to create a unique status update.
There’s no way your Facebook “check-in” is confusing North Dakota cops. https://t.co/E8wS0e8RHJ
— r0gu3Sec (@r0gu3Sec) October 31, 2016
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