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In the last few days more than 50 Twitter accounts-some claiming to be from employees at US government agencies-have been set up to protest the actions by President Trump's new administration effectively muzzling federal climate-change research and other science.

Three climate-related tweets sent out by Badlands National Park have been deleted after they went viral on Twitter, sparking debate over whether the park was defying the Trump administration.

"On Wednesday evening, meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted out a link to 's public Twitter list, ", which includes over 40 of the resistance accounts. As of Thursday morning, they have 980,000 followers - more than double the number of followers on the main National Park Service account (381,000).

"There's no gag order on national parks that would prevent people from tweeting", he told the Associated Press.

The account introduced itself with defiant messages: "Mr Trump, you may have taken us down officially".

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Meanwhile, NASA's twitter account, @RogueNASA, displayed an introductory disclaimer describing it as "The unofficial "Resistance" team of NASA".

After the main National Park Service Twitter account retweeted pictures of the National Mall, comparing crowd sizes at the Obama and Trump inaugurations, the Twitter account was silenced. The sneakily named @BadIandsNPS (that's a capital "i" in the middle) now has just over 500 followers and a single tweet, a day after it garnered nearly 50,000 followers for tweeting a stream of climate change facts intermingled with criticism of Donald Trump. The campaign has now spiralled into an online movement with anonymous scientists from bodies such as the NPS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NASA establishing alternative Twitter accounts to tweet information on climate change - the accounts have already garnered significant followings. "Come for the facts, stay for the snark", the account declares.

The last of the 26 tweets from the account so far - which have already gathered it more than a quarter of a million followers on the micro-blogging site - says: "Science is not a partisan issue. We must be Trump's worst nightmare".

Following Monday's requests that EPA employees no longer post social media updates and orders for USDA's main research branch to cease communication with the public, (that have now been rescinded,) National Park Service Twitter accounts were the first to take action. At this time, National Park Service social media managers are encouraged to continue the use of Twitter to post information relating to public safety and park information, with the exception of content related to national policy issues.


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