>> A network of so called Rogue Twitter feeds reportedly set up by employees at more than a dozen US federal agencies emerging this week in opposition to President Donald Trump. The online movement galvanized by reports the White House was trying to muzzle environmental science on Thursday, announcing changes to insulate itself from government retaliation.
The unverified authors of this digital protest claim they're pushing back against what they saw as a gag order. They tweeted facts about carbon emission and global warming with the hashtags Climate and Resist. The largest of these, AltUSNatParkService, had more than a million followers as of Thursday. And the people behind it announcing they would hand off their mission of resistance to others less at risk of government retribution.
We have decided to pass control of this account to individuals outside of government employment for the sake of our colleagues. The account claimed the feed would be run by activists and journalists. Reuters has been unable to verify the authenticity of the claims. The people behind AltUSNatParkService seem to want it that way, tweeting, we are assured and comforted that those taking over will not identify us to the media.
We asked to remain unknown and they have promised. Last week, Interior Department staff were told to stop posting to Twitter after an employee retweeted an item about the low attendance at Trump's swearing in ceremony. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency and several other federal departments confirmed seeing notices from the new administration instructing them to remove information from web pages or limit their communications with the public.
AltUSNatParkService using its newfound popularity to promote nascent plans for a march for science in Washington. No date has yet been circled on the calendar.