Trump era suppression of information has already begun. Trump took office for only five days but within this time he already ordered multiple government agencies stop sharing information directly to the American public. Because of this gag order, federal entities like EPA and the USDA will now not be able to announce everything from grant awards to scientific breakthroughs made with taxpayer funds. But there is still resistance from some federal entities. A person from the Badlands National Park’s Twitter account took a stand against Trump and tweeted out some environmental facts in the face of Trump and to his science-denying pick to lead the EPA.
“The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm,” @BadlandsNPS, this is a now deleted tweet which was posted on Tuesday. That tweet was directly opposed to a memo issued to all National Park Service, ordering Badlands to “immediately cease use of government Twitter accounts until further notice.” But through strong defiance, @BadlandsNPS kept it for almost an hour before the tweets were deleted.
Once something is posted on the net it becomes eternal so the facts have now been archived in screenshots and @BadlandsNPS has returned to posting idyllic nature photos. Civil rights lawyer and Law professor Dr. Anthony M. Kreis said that “Deleting tweets violates the Freedom of Information Act. So, who demanded it be removed, when, and why?”
So do you think this gag order will continue or stop soon enough?