When Badlands National Park's Twitter Went Down, We Rose Up

By Kristy Puchko | Horror | January 25, 2017 | Comments ()

By Kristy Puchko | Horror | January 25, 2017 |


There’s been an overwhelming amount of nightmare scenarios spun from Donald Trump’s first days in the Oval Office. Here we’re focusing on his demand that the Environmental Protection Agency undergo a media blackout that also barred social media posts. Amid the shockwaves this news sent, there arose a surprising hero: @BadlandsNPS

The Twitter account for South Dakota’s Badlands National Park rebelled against the gag order by tweeting facts about climate change. Under an administration touting “alternative facts” (read: blatant lies), these tweets did not last long.

Though quickly deleted, screengrabs of them sent Twitter aflame, and “Badlands National Park” was trending. And resistance grew.

Three Twitter accounts were created yesterday to take up where the official park account left off. There’s two “shmofficial” accounts for Badlands now:

AltUSNatParkService’s bio suggests it’s run by government workers rejecting the new regime through peaceful protest, a lovely loophole.

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The last remaining tweet from @BadlandsNPS became a site of support and resistance, with more than 3,000 replies.

@BadlandsNPS’s unknown rebel tweeter may be silenced (for now), but they are not forgotten.

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