An alternative media outlet covering the grassroots Indigenous struggle against the US$3.8 billion North Dakota pipeline project have accused Facebook of deliberately censoring "a critical moment of our coverage" as riot police cracked down on protesters. Amid a visibly beefed up police presence, at least 20 grassroots and Indigenous activists were arrested and Unicorn Riot were on hand to livestream the "direct action" to their Facebook page, but were blocked from doing so by Facebook. In comments made via email to RT, a member of the media outlet said their "collective members immediately noticed that the full Livestream event URL (https://livestream.com/unicornriot/events/6340986) was being blocked from Facebook.” “Posts and comments with the URL both immediately triggered popup security alerts,” the unnamed member added. “We tried putting the same URL through Bitly shortening and that official Unicorn Riot page post was deleted by Facebook within a few minutes.
Their video shows a militarized police force drawing semi-automatic weapons on unarmed protesters.