Rogue Nasa account fights Trump on climate change

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28 January, 2017

Since then, numerous other accounts with similar intentions have sprouted on Twitter. Turns out, yes - lots.

Rogue Twitter feeds voicing employee concerns at more than a dozen USA government agencies have been launched in defiance of what they say are President Donald Trump's attempts to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.

One of the account's first messages took a clear dig at Trump. The sneakily named @BadIandsNPS (that's a capital "i" in the middle) now has just over 500 followers and a single tweet, a day after it garnered nearly 50,000 followers for tweeting a stream of climate change facts intermingled with criticism of Donald Trump. This led to a public outcry over what many took to suggest was censorship of the accounts.

"There's no gag order on national parks that would prevent people from tweeting", he told the Associated Press.

It comes as several other federal government departments including the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health, were issued directives this week from the Trump White House to curb their flow of information to the public on topics related to environmental issues.

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The @AltNatParkSer, who claim to be National Park Service employees, told The Washington Post they are fearful of losing their jobs if they identify themselves. In both cases, it is unclear who is running these accounts.

Though the account was only started on the 25th and has only tweeted 89 times, it's already amassed a massive 597,000 followers. Logistically, Twitter also offers a layer of anonymity, as well as a chance to share an account among multiple disgruntled authors. "Not an official NASA account". It has already garnered a quarter of a million followers and shows no sign of slowing down.

It posted: "Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS". The National Park Service replied, "Sorry, Mr Trump". Many accounts are tweeting facts about carbon emissions and climate change, using #Climate and #Resist. "We must be Trump's worst nightmare".

In response, someone at Badlands National Park used their park's account to send out tweets relating to climate change.

A Park Service official later said those tweets came from a former employee no longer authorised to use the official account and that the agency was being encouraged to use Twitter to post public safety and park information only, and to avoid national policy issues. The former official said that while people outside the federal government could be involved in the rogue accounts, employees with whom the official communicated were supporting the feeds.


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