US national park deletes climate change tweets as Donald Trump crackdown begins

National Park Twitter account deletes their tweets about climate science

The tweets were made by the Badlands National Park account

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A National Park Twitter account has deleted its tweets about climate change which appear to contradict the view of new President Donald Trump.

Badlands National Park in South Dakota posted a series of tweets about the climate on Tuesday afternoon.

The tweets portray climate change as a real and serious issue - a far cry from the scepticism expressed by Mr Trump on the matter. 

 

As well as the tweets seen above, a fourth tweet was added by the account later in the day, The Hill reported. The messages received thousands of retweets before their removal.

A National Park official insisted there was no pressure to remove the messages, claiming the person who posted them was not authorised to use the account.

"The park was not told to remove the tweets, but chose to do so when they realised that their account had been compromised," the official said.

However the Trump administration is cracking down on the social media activities of several agencies, which includes the Environmental Protection Agency, which was banned from Twitter after it retweeted posts about the size of the inauguration crowd. The Associated Press also reported that the agency was banned from talking to reporters.