The National Park Service retweeted a couple of tweets that cast President Trump in a negative light, and earned themselves a Twitter ban.
Of course the tweets are now deleted, but media sources preserved them in screen shots.
One tweet dealt with the Trump inauguration crowd size versus Obama in 2009 and another pointed out how the White House website no longer contains links to civil rights, climate change, and health care that were prominent on Obama’s site.
It’s no surprise that a new administration gets to design its own White House website, so anyone would expect to find the old content gone, but not deleted. The entire Obama White House page is archived at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov.
The NPS retweet about the website was a bit of gratuitous liberal pandering that might have gone unnoticed except for the crowd size retweet. That prompted an immediate response, obtained by the website Gizmodo:
We have received direction from the Department through [the Washington Support Office] that directs all [Department of Interior] bureaus to immediately cease use of government Twitter accounts until further notice.
PWR parks that use Twitter as part of their crisis communications plans need to alter their contingency plans to accommodate this requirement. Please ensure all scheduled posts are deleted and automated cross-platform social media connections to your twitter accounts are severed. The expectation is that there will be absolutely no posts to Twitter.
In summary, this Twitter stand down means we will cease use of Twitter immediately. However, there is no need to suspend or delete government accounts until directed.
This does not affect use of other approved social media platforms. We expect further guidance to come next week and we will share accordingly.
Thanks for your help!
After a few hours, all was forgiven (but not forgotten), and the NPS started tweeting again, beginning with an apology. There’s every reason to believe that whoever was handling that account no longer has credentials, and new, Trump-friendly individuals are behind the keyboard at the Park Service.
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
— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017
This could be the most exciting thing to happen at the Washington office of the National Park Service since the USDA premiered the Bald Eagle Nest Cam. However, I expect we won’t be seeing any more references on Twitter that diminish (in any way) the bigness of President Trump and his administration.