Facebook and the raid in Area 51: successful fake news!
Speaking of Area 51 in the era of fake news and continuous changes in the Facebook algorithms, in an attempt to promote only quality content, may seem a paradox.
Certainly it is singular that the proposal of a “raid” in the famous military area, which according to conspiracy theorists should guard the remains of a crashed UFO near Roswell half a century ago and perhaps even the corpse of its alien pilot, has been so successful.
Fake news too successful
A success that grew well beyond the predictions of Jackson Barnes, who admitted: "No, it was not a real event", declining any responsibility in this regard and specifying, to avoid misunderstanding "good morning US government, this is a joke, and in reality I do not intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be fun and it would make me have some likes on the internet. I am not responsible for those who will decide to occupy Area 51."
In a few days, thanks to the relaunch of the news by the major information sites in the world (which once again for "being on the piece" were taken by the nose, in the face of verification sources), over 1 million people had reported the intention to "participate" in the event reported on Facebook for September 20, 2019, while around 900 thousand others were " thinking about." p>
The US Air Force seems to have believed it
The idea/joke was to get closer to the military base by running “like Naruto”, with your arms back to “dodge” the bullets of the army. If you think about it, the idea is so weird that it smelled like fake already, but then came a declaration of the Us Air Force which, through its spokeswoman, Laura McAndrews, stated on the Washington Post, for " discourage anyone who wants to try to get in ", that Area 51 is indeed a military area where the American army is trained.
After decades of denials, the existence of Area 51 had been admitted only since 2009 by various former officials who had worked there and who specified that the area would serve for the development and testing of technologically cutting edge “top-secret” equipment. In 2013, a document drawn up in 1992 by two CIA historians was declassified and for the first time, in addition to explicitly naming the area, it was indicated on a map.
Entering Area 51 can be expensive
In 2017, the Pentagon confirmed the existence of a $ 22 million program to analyze "abnormal aerospace threats" (ie UFOs). As the readers of Fanwave.it know, beyond the fact that it holds or not secrets linked to UFOs, Area 51 is not accessible to the public. Around the area itself, numerous signs remind us that taking photographs of the area can result in fines and even prison.
It is therefore not the case to try raids within the military area, except actually being able to be present in a million of "raiders". But have you ever heard of an event organized on Facebook that has achieved such a membership?