If you've noticed a lot of your Facebook friends suddenly seem to be transported to North Dakota, there's more to the story.

Many people are "checking in" on Facebook to say they're at Standing Rock as a way of supporting "water protectors" and at the same time, throwing off authorities who are reportedly looking for participants of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests through social media.

Messages warn that Morton County Sheriff's Department officials are using the tool to try and track down those people who are attending protests and prayer camps.

Protesters have been camped out at Standing Rock since April, fighting against the proposed 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which would carry oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

Although several Facebook users appear to be updating their locations to North Dakota, it doesn't appear to be as disruptive as intended. The Internet rumor website Snopes reports an officer with the Morton County Sheriff's Department says the check-ins provide little value during the protests.