A private Facebook group, USA Camping Resource Center, doesn’t offer tips on tents, bedrolls, or water purifiers. Instead, it’s a hub for information about abortion access in post-Roe America. Camping is one of several authority- and algorithm-evading code words on social media used as substitutes for “abortion”; others include “fishing,” “shoe-shopping,” and “bookstore.” As NBC News reported on June 30, “The posts follow similar coded language trends used by people trying to avoid algorithmic censorship on social media or potential detection by law enforcement.”
Two almost identically worded tweets from May 4, 2022—the earliest examples of the message I’ve found. Text: “If you are a person who suddenly finds yourself with a need to go camping in another state, a state friendly towards camping, just know that I will happily drive you, support you, and not talk about the camping trip to anyone ever.” Link and link.