US Government Agencies Go 'Rogue' on Social Media
The biggest of these new rogue accounts, such as new handles like @AltNatParkService and @RogueNASA, have proudly displayed this defiance right on their page. Both claim they exist to share actual facts and news about the environment and climate change, as opposed to the censored materials they would otherwise be forced to share.
Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS.— AltUSNatParkService (@AltNatParkSer) January 25, 2017
You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!
In particular, the Alt US National Park Service account claims they were started by active employees concerned about censorship of their official channels (though they've since declared they're transferring the account to activists, citing the pressure it's brought down on their colleagues). In the week before, the department's official Twitter account deleted a Tweet about inauguration sizes, while the South Dakota Badlands National Park account had to delete several posts specifically about climate change.
If (when?) the time comes that NASA has been instructed to cease tweeting/sharing info about science and climate change, we will inform you.— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) January 26, 2017
There has been much concern on Trump's new restrictions, which include the aforementioned blackouts, as well as requiring all scientific research to be vetted through White House staff before reaching the public. Those who oppose the measures argue it puts a muzzle on any date (on climate or otherwise) that might be viewed unfavorably toward programs that the President is looking to enact. Supporters of the measure say it is merely to keep incorrect information from being shared with the public.
The movement could be considered a direct rebuke to the President since it's all done on Twitter, long known to be the President's preferred method of communication. Between the ongoing debate between facts, alternative facts, real and fake news, it would seem the battle for scientific data will go on 140 characters at a time.
Image: AltUSNatParkService, Twitter