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Unofficial Twitter Accounts Created To Protest Trump

| by Ray Brown

In response to President Donald Trump's order to stop some federal agencies from releasing information without approval from his administration, several unofficial "rogue" Twitter accounts have been created to disseminate information from the agencies.

The rogue accounts are anonymous and may or may not be run by agency employees. But if legitimate, they show the displeasure many government employees across a range of agencies about Trump's censorship.

"Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS," tweeted the alleged rogue account for the National Parks Service, according to NPR. "You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!"

The account again tweeted: "This account should not have to exist & we are sorry for any problems we are causing our colleagues. But we didn't start this. #resist."

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Tom Crosson, the chief spokesman for the National Park Service, said the agency has not been included in the list of government bodies whose communications have ben restricted.

“There’s no gag order on national parks that would prevent people from tweeting,” he told The Associated Press.

But one agency that is under such a gag order is the Environmental Protection Agency, which has not only been told to have its public communications reviewed before publication, but could be one of the government agencies most affected because of Trump's beliefs on climate change not being man-made.

And there is a rogue EPA account, but whoever is behind it said it is not controlled by EPA employees and that it "will only distribute information obtained from legitimate but anonymized EPA sources."

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Sources: NPR, AP via CBS / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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