The National Parks Service twitter account was caught spreading fake news and misleading information about President Trump’s administration, as a result, the government office has been banned from tweeting. An internal email obtained by Gizmodo states that the National Parks Service has faced the wrath after it was ordered by Washington to immediately cease the use of government twitter accounts until further notice.
NPS posted an offending retweet of a New York Times article based on selective photos to push the false narrative that the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations had more attendees that the 2017 event. This was a completely false and biased retweet. As if that’s not enough, NPS made a second tweet which pointed to an intentionally misleading article in Esquire, the article was titled ‘’Civil rights, climate change, and health care scrubbed clean from White House website. Not a trace.’’
Esquire failed to inform their readers that the new administrations always wipe the White House website clean and start again in a move aimed at pushing an obvious agenda. The NPS is a branch of the Department of the Interior, however, it finally deleted the retweets a few hours after they went live- but Trump had already caught them and banned them from tweeting.
The National Park employees received an email which stated that PWR parks that use Twitter as part of their crisis communications plans need to alter their contingency plans to accommodate this requirement. Please ensure that 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 no posts to Twitter.
Other official government accounts issued their congratulations and notices that promoted the 45th President, in contrast the National Park Service account posted biased and fake content and as a result, NPS has gotten what it deserves. The NPS has issued an apology for the irresponsible behavior.