A slew of unofficial Twitter accounts for government agencies have cropped up, promising to tweet “real facts” and climate change news.
It’s unclear how many anonymous government employees are involved in maintaining the accounts, which mostly cropped up within the past few days.
The movement on Twitter first began when the National Park Service was forced to shut down its Twitter activity temporarily after retweeting two tweets — one about the attendance of Trump’s inauguration and the other about the disappearance of some pages on WhiteHouse.gov.
This week, the Trump administration instituted a temporary media blackout at the EPA. Also, the Badlands National Park in South Dakota tweeted out multiple facts about climate change. These tweets were later deleted.
The first account to pop up was @AltNatParkSer, self-described as “The Unofficial ‘Resistance’ team of U.S. National Park Service. Not taxpayer subsidised! Come for rugged scenery, fossil beds, 89 million acres of landscape.”
Its handle is @AltUSNatParkSer.
At time of writing, the number of followers has exploded to 978,000.
@RogueNASA was also born Tuesday. “Rogue NASA” describes itself as “The unofficial ‘Resistance’ team of NASA. Not an official NASA account. Follow for science and climate news and facts. REAL NEWS, REAL FACTS.”
See a few of the account’s tweets below.
It’s hard to keep up with the pace of accounts sprouting up on Twitter, but as of writing there are now unofficial accounts for the Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Agriculture.
It appears — with the looming threat of being rooted out and fired — many government employees have defected since these accounts’ creation.
Some accounts have tweeted about handing over maintenance to scientists, environmentalist, and journalists with close ties to the respective government agencies.
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