Facebook users 'check-in' to Standing Rock to cause confusion

Supporters of the those on the ground protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline are taking to Facebook in an effort to confuse local law enforcement. 

According to CNN, thousands of users are "checking-in" to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in response to the circulation of an online claim that states officials with the Morton County Sheriff's Department are monitoring social media accounts of those who have checked into the area on Facebook. 

A statement was made on the department's official Facebook page denying the claims:

"In response to the latest rumor / false claim circulating on social media we have the following response:

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is not and does not follow Facebook check-ins for the protest camp or any location. This claim / rumor is absolutely false."

Hundreds of people continue to protest the construction of a massive oil pipeline that would cut through sacred tribal lands.

RELATED: Flagstaff teen leads thousand-mile run to Standing Rock

Many claim the area's natural water resources would be in jeopardy with the pipeline's completion.

Bernie Sanders has called on President Obama to halt constructions and several celebrities including Shailene Woodley, Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio have all publicly come out in support of the protestors. 

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