Government Twitter Accounts Are Continuing to Go Rogue

Even the Department of Defense is getting in on it
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Government Twitter Accounts Keep Taking Digs at Trump
Death Valley National Park tweeted about Japanese American internment Wednesday in an apparent criticism of President Trump's policies.   (Twitter)

Taking a cue from Badlands National Park, which tweeted out a series of now-deleted facts about climate change Tuesday, a number of other parks and government agencies are tweeting in subtle resistance to President Trump, the AP reports. Redwood National Park tweeted that redwood groves are the best way to trap greenhouse gas emissions, reducing their impact on global warming. Golden Gate National Park tweeted that last year was the hottest year on record for the third year in a row, linking to a report from NOAA and NASA. And as Trump was preparing to ban people from certain countries from entering the US, Death Valley National Park's Twitter account shared photos of Japanese Americans interned during WWII.

But it wasn't just national parks taking a stand. The US Department of Defense tweeted a photo of the US Marine Corps' Ali Mohammed, who came to the US as a refugee, Salon reports. And shortly after the Badlands National Park tweets were deleted, a new Twitter account—AltUSNatParkService—sprung up, tweeting more climate change facts and anti-pipeline arguments. "You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time," Time quotes the account as stating. AltUSNatParkService got approximately 640,000 followers in less than 24 hours. NASA also has its own Twitter "resistance team," Rogue NASA. (More climate change stories.)

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