National Parks Service ‘goes rogue’ in response to Trump Twitter ban

Badlands National Park sent out a series of (now-deleted) tweets on climate change, seemingly in defiance of Trump administration

If you had National Parks subtweet the new president on your 2017 bingo card, todays your lucky day.

After the US National Parks Service was temporarily banned for retweeting images comparing Trump and Obamas inaugurations, the official Twitter account of the appropriately named Badlands National Park, based in South Dakota, appeared to go rogue by posting a series of now-deleted tweets on climate change.

Badlands
Badlands National Parks now-deleted tweets on climate change Photograph: Twitter

The tweets were eventually deleted, and, while the official accounts may not be saying much right now, some alternative accounts have been set up. One, @BadHombreNPS tweeted: Hey, friends. Here to support @BadlandsNPS with the science facts they can no longer share!

BadHombreLands NPS (@BadHombreNPS)

Hey, friends. Here to support @BadlandsNPS with the science facts they can no longer share!

January 24, 2017

The most popular is @AltNatParkSer, which bills itself as the unofficial resistance team of the US National Parks Service.

AltUSNatParkService (@AltNatParkSer)

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!

January 25, 2017

One of its initial tweets read: Mr Trump, you may have taken us down officially. But with scientific evidence & the Internet our message will get out.

The owner of the account has yet to respond to the Guardians request for comment, but told reporters:

AltUSNatParkService (@AltNatParkSer)

Hi @JettGoldsmith This accnt being run by several active NPS rangers and friends.

January 25, 2017

AltUSNatParkService (@AltNatParkSer)

We promise 100 percent that we include environmental scientists and far too much coffee. #ResistTrump https://t.co/dV5DZjtmfh

January 25, 2017

As of yet, it has not been verified whether the account is actually run by National Park employees. Eagle-eyed tweeters noticed the account had tweeted about the British general election in 2015.

AltUSNatParkService (@AltNatParkSer)

@WingsScotland Oi, fellow plebian. What say you, honourable rev, on the elecshun result?

May 9, 2015

A National Parks official told BuzzFeed the climate change tweets were posted by a former employee who was not authorised to use the account.

They added: The park was not told to remove the tweets but chose to do so when they realised that their account had been compromised.

This isnt even the first time National Parks Twitter accounts have run afoul of the Trump administration. Over the weekend, they were temporarily told to halt tweeting after its main account retweeted pictures comparing the turnouts of Trump and Obamas inaugurations. They later apologised for the mistaken RTs.

NationalParkService (@NatlParkService)

We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you pic.twitter.com/mctNNvlrmv

January 21, 2017

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/news-blog/2017/jan/25/national-parks-service-goes-rogue-in-response-to-trump-twitter-ban

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