At Your Service: A (Growing) List of Rogue Government Department Twitter Accounts
As we reported earlier this week, several government agencies (USDA, EPA, HHS, and Department of the Interior) have been ordered by the Trump administration to stop communicating with the public for the time being.
Twitter, specifically, has been a source of contention. It all started when the official National Park Service account was asked to stop tweeting after it shared photos that compared the crowd size of Trump’s inauguration to the crowd size of Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Then the official Badlands National Park Twitter went rogue and started tweeting facts about climate change. The tweets were later removed and blamed on “a former employee who was not authorized to use the park’s account.”
Since those tweets were removed, over 40 “alt” or “rogue” Twitter accounts have sprouted up to fill in for many agencies and National Parks. Some of them already have a pretty big following—currently, AltUSNatParkService has more than 1.27 million followers. So far we’re seeing climate facts, inspirational quotes about the environment, cute photos of animals, and a lot of snark (this is Twitter, after all).
So for those of you who still want to see info about climate change and the environment during this supposedly temporary crackdown, we’ve created a list of some of these accounts, especially the ones that pertain to food and agriculture. And of course, the necessary caveat: We’re not entirely sure who is running these accounts (though in the case of @AltNatParkSer, they tweeted on January 27 that “Several of us are environmental activists and two are journalists [our FACT checkers]. All of us are former scientists.)”, so we caution you to, as always, think critically about what you’re reading. If we’re missing any, feel free to let us know and we’ll update this list.
Resisting the censorship of facts and science. Truth wins in the end.
— AltUSDA (@altusda) January 25, 2017
2 days without a post on our main social accounts. We would like to bring you great news about food & drugs but…
— AltFDA (@alt_fda) January 25, 2017
He can take our official Twitter but he’ll never take our FREEDOM. Unofficial EPA #resistance. #factsmatter
If loving science is wrong, we don't wanna be right. #factsmatter
— AltEPA (@ActualEPAFacts) January 26, 2017
Ungagged news, links, tips, and conversation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unable to tell you. Not directly affiliated with @EPA.
— U.S. EPA – Ungagged (@ungaggedEPA) January 24, 2017
Unofficial unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity.
— Alternative CDC (@Alt_CDC) January 25, 2017
The Alt U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (AltUSFWS) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats
— High Quality Person (@AltUSFWS) January 26, 2017
Unofficial and unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity. Don’t forget to register for ObamaCare before Jan 31!
— Alternative HHS (@AltHHS) January 26, 2017
Unofficial group of science advocates. Stand up for science, rights, equality, social justice, & ultimately, for the health of humanity.
We have agreed to no longer use the NIH logo, upon their request. We'd rather be here with a diff logo than not be here at all.
— Alternative NIH (@Alt_NIH) January 26, 2017
Unofficial feed of Badlands NP. Protecting rugged scenery, fossil beds, 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie & wildlife from two-bit cheetoh-hued despots.
— BadHombreLands NPS (@BadHombreNPS) January 26, 2017
The Unofficial #Resistance team of U.S. National Park Service. Come for rugged scenery, science facts & climate change information. Run by non-gov individuals
Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS.
You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!
— NOT ALT WORLD (@NotAltWorld) January 25, 2017
The unofficial, and unsanctioned, #Resistance team for the U.S. Forest Service. Not an official Forest Service account, not publicly funded, citizen run.
Read it while you can! https://t.co/rTbMl0n3Zc
— AltForestService (@AltForestServ) January 26, 2017
The unofficial “Resistance” team of NASA. Not an official NASA account. Not managed by gov’t employees. Come for the facts, stay for the snark.
Why do we need a president who cares about climate change? This is why. https://t.co/NDijMXVFWD
— Rogue NASA (@RogueNASA) January 26, 2017
The unofficial #resistance team of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Operated by a #UScitizen that is not affiliated with any Federal Agency.
— AltNASA (@Alt_NASA) January 26, 2017
The Unofficial “Resistance” team of the NOAA. Account not tax payer subsidized. We study the oceans, and the atmosphere to understand our planet. #MASA
Climate change = crop failures. Crop failures = mass migrations. Mass migrations = economic disasters. All = failure. #climatechange
— Alternative NOAA (@altNOAA) January 26, 2017
The Unofficial Resistance team of U.S. National Weather Service. Not taxpayer subsidized! Come for non-partisan science-based weather, water, and climate info.