If you think most of your Facebook friends spontaneously decided to hop on a last minute flight to North Dakota to protest the 1,172 mile-pipeline, not so fast. Before you get mad at them for not inviting you — here's what's going on.
The Standing Rock check-ins began popping up late last night, but more people appear to be catching on to this Internet protest this morning.
"I'm not really at Standing Rock. It's just a solidarity pie-in-the-face for the Corporate Man. Check it out, and maybe you'll check in at Standing Rock. too. I can't do a lot other than bring awareness, donate and call officials but I CAN do this," United Revolution for We The People posted on FB.
While some are just checking-in via Facebook, others have been encouraging them to do more.
"I challenge all of my Facebook friends who are 'checking in' at Standing Rock to take a few minutes and contribute some $ to the legal defense fund for the water-defenders," Cynthia Rosengard said in her FB post.
Jacobi Berg, 26, a member of the federally recognized Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, told Vivala that this check-in idea is a perfect way to protest.
"I have yet to check into Standing Rock," Berg said. "But it's a great idea. Because the authorities and others can see who is checking in and monitor and single those people out. So if everyone does it, then it's hard to get a grasp on exactly who is there and who isn't. I will be checking in today sometime."
Even if the check-ins are a hoax, at minimum, they're getting the word out about the violent situation playing out in Standing Rock.