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Facebook Takes Down Controversial Storm Area 51 Event

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The ‘Storm Area 51’ event did create some havoc all over as it just kept adding members to its campaign. The campaign which was started by Matty Roberts has now been removed from the Facebook.

He shared a screenshot that he received saying that the event had ‘been taken down by Facebook’ because content posted to this event ‘went against’ Facebook’s community standards.

The message also said the event creator is able to request a review if they feel the decision is ‘wrong’.

“I never got any reason behind the event being removed,” Roberts told.

“I created a sister event which amassed about 15,000 people before being taken down for no reason.”

The viral event known as ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us’ was scheduled for Friday 20 September at 3am.

The event encouraged people to flood the mysterious military site in the US to discover the truth about the aliens.

The event description said: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we Naruto Run [an attack inspired by Japanese manga, in which people run with their arms outstretched backwards and heads forwards], we can move faster than their bullets.

“Let’s see them aliens.”

After Roberts announced that the event had disappeared, many people weren’t happy – with one Facebooker writing: “We don’t need an ‘event page’ to do work. Everyone is still down, Facebook or not.”

Someone else joked: “Doesn’t matter if the event page is gone, the date has been carved in Stone tablets. This has reinforced my will to participate.”

A third commented: “F*** that! We’re still going.”

Another added: “Damn bro I was just about to check the page out and it was gone! I knew they would do that, but was shocked it took this long.”

Roberts actually started this event as a joke, but after overwhelming response he was planning to kickstart a legal Area 51 festival in Rachel, Nevada, for which he had created a separate Facebook event. Even that was taken down by the social network.

“I think it’s pretty reckless of Facebook, especially because I’m trying to direct people away from storming the base,” Roberts said.

“And now I’ve lost my entire audience.” Roberts still expects around 20,000 people to attend the festival.

So, what do you think about this move by the Facebook?

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