Facebook says it was all a big mistake.
After being removed by Facebook, the event called “Storm Area 51” has been resurrected. But no advanced extraterrestrial technology was behind the move: according to a spokesperson for Facebook, the event was removed by “mistake.”
The BBC reports that the founder of the group, Mathew Roberts, received a message on Saturday claiming that his tongue-in-cheek event broke Facebook’s community standards — but that the social giant has now restored the group.
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Roberts’ event called for an army of memelords and alien fanatics to storm the Air Force base in the Nevada desert. The group’s description: “Let’s see them aliens.”
Prior to being removed earlier this week, the tongue-in-cheek event convinced more than 2 million Facebook users to join the attack.
Area 51 has long been the subject of wild speculation — and plenty of memes as well. But in reality, the Air Force base has hosted hundreds of nuclear weapons tests and has served as testing grounds for a range of new stealth aircraft.
In the end, though, everything online eventually gets monetized. Case in point: you can now buy official Storm Area 51 merchandise on a website linked in the event’s description.
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