VIDEO: I-Team reporter George Knapp’s interview with Storm Area 51 creator.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Facebook page that sparked thousands of memes and millions of views was removed over the weekend. The provocative title was “Storm Area 51.”
The page was put back up on Tuesday and a Facebook company spokesman told VICE News, “This was a mistake and the event page is now available again.”
The page started as a joke, according to the young man who created it, but after more than two million people expressed an interest in joining the event, it grew into something else.
Lincoln County officials and business owners have been preparing for an influx of perhaps thousands of tourists on September 20.
The page was taken down by Facebook. Matty Roberts says he tried to create a related page but it was also taken down. Roberts told the I-Team that he has used the page to inform the public that no one should storm Area 51, Nevada’s top secret military base. The page did reappear on Tuesday and Roberts also announced a new web page for people to view for information about the planned events.
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In a statement he called it a reckless move by Facebook because his page was “trying to direct people to a much safer alternative.” Adding “I’ve created a mess and now they have taken away my ability to clean it up.”
Lincoln County businesses say the event will go on and that specific plans are underway for that weekend.