Amid mounting frustration over the Trump administration’s directive for the National Park Service to cease its Twitter account activity, several U.S. government accounts have gone—for lack of a better word—rogue.
Several unofficial Twitter accounts have sprouted up in support of the government agencies impacted by the new administration:
Rogue Twitter accounts are fun, but gov't employees and scientists are very afraid of being fired if they speak out & share facts. #resist
— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) January 25, 2017
Hello. This is the Alternative Environmental Protection Agency Twitter Account activated to circumvent censorship.
— altEPA (@altUSEPA) January 25, 2017
Just checking….Yup….we've got more scientists and fact checkers running a Twitter account than Donald Trump has in his cabinet.
— NOT ALT WORLD (@NotAltWorld) January 26, 2017
Some organizations, such as the Audubon Society, have tweeted support:
— Audubon Society (@audubonsociety) January 25, 2017
It all began when a Badlands National Park employee tweeted off a series of facts about climate change :
The tweets were removed and replaced with an apology:
We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you pic.twitter.com/mctNNvlrmv
— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017
Other official NPS accounts remained defiant:
— Death Valley NP (@DeathValleyNPS) January 25, 2017
In a separate, but related story, MSNBC reported that the Environmental Protection Agency’s data, science, webpages, etc. are all subject to review under the Trump administration.
It is unclear what will happen to the information that is unapproved for the public under the new administration’s censorship guidelines, what those guidelines are, or will include.
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