Area 51 raid event 'to see them aliens' removed by Facebook

CNET | 8/5/2019 | Daniel Van Boom
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Over 2 million people signed up for the Facebook event.

In July a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event was created to coordinate a raid on Area 51, the classified military base in Las Vegas, Nevada. It became an online sensation. Over 2 million Facebook users signed up, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert gave it a spot on their respective talk shows, and the US air force strongly advised citizens against raiding the facility. But now, the Facebook event page has been taken down.

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It appears as though Facebook took the page down on Aug. 3 for violating community standards. Matthew Roberts, the event creator, posted a screenshot on his personal Facebook page of the notice Facebook had sent him saying it had taken down the event.

"The event page might've gotten zucced but im still throwing a **** party," Roberts wrote in a subsequent post, making reference to Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg.

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A website for the event, scheduled to take place on Sept. 20, is still up. However, a GoFundMe page the site directs to for an "Area 51 festival" has also been taken down. Both Facebook and Roberts have been contacted for comment.

The plan for the raid was explained in the now-deleted Facebook event. "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry," it...
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