A soon as the Trump Administration went into office, their response to science was swift and harsh. Through an executive order, Trump has placed a gag order on the EPA and USDA. As a reminder, Trump had called climate change a Chinese hoax in previous tweets.
So while some government organization went into social media lockdown, the National Park Service Twitter account remained free and added something to their timeline. They retweeted two tweets, one about the White House wiping out climate change and LGBTQ rights on their website, and the other a comparison of the crowd size between Trump's and Obama's inauguration.
3. ...So Trump Put the NPS Under A Gag Order, Too!
Many of Badlands NPS' tweets have the hashtag #climate, highlighting the effects climate change has on the US. One tweet mentioned that current carbon dioxide levels are higher than it was hundreds of thousands of years ago.
On January 26, Badlands NPS account deleted four rogue tweets. According to reporter Claudia Koerner, the National Park Service said a former employee with unauthorized access got their hands on the account and wrote the tweets.
Those few tweets received thousands of retweets before they were deleted. The Badlands account gained ten times the amount of followers in one day. After their deletion, thousands of users had already put up screenshots of the tweets.
9. The Twitter Ban Was Lifted, Thanks To The Uproar
Badlands National Park's actions inspired others to carry on the Twitter crusade. Anonymous employees created the AltUSNatParkService Twitter account and continued criticizing President Trump through data on science and climate change. They tweeted support to the Badlands Twitter and called out Trump's censorship tactics.
11. Other Silenced Voices Are Making Their Tweets Heard
Badlands National Park's bravery in social media helped in pushing a new march. Scientists are now planning an event similar to the Women's March on Washington so that they can send a message against the environmental and health policies made by the Trump administration.
These tweets of defiance against increasing government censorship has less to do with politics. The AltNatParkservice tweeted that US data on climate and the environment is important if someone wants to learn about national parks. They also said they could not be silenced.