But some Native American activists still welcomed the check-ins as another form of showing support for the months-long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, proposed to run past tribal land on its route between North Dakota and Illinois.

The source of the message — which used “Randing Stock” as a code phrase so that users could locate each other — could not be verified by the Los Angeles Times.

Source: Hoax? Sheriff’s department says it’s not watching Facebook check-ins at Standing Rock – LA Times