National Park Service ‘regrets mistaken’ less than positive Trump retweets
The two retweets in question addressed the apparent difference in crowd size between Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and Trump’s in 2017 and the frenzy over the removal of particular policy areas from the White House website.
The retweets from the Park Service’s account led to the temporary shutdown of all the department’s Twitter accounts.
An email, which was obtained by Gizmodo, was reportedly sent to all Department of Interior employees ordering to “immediately cease use of government Twitter accounts until further notice.”
“In summary, this Twitter stand down means we will cease use of Twitter immediately. However, there is no need to suspend or delete government accounts until directed,” the message reportedly said.
In an apology tweet on Saturday, the National Park Service described the retweets as “mistaken.” The errant tweets were subsequently deleted.
We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you pic.twitter.com/mctNNvlrmv— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017
Inauguration crowd size was still a major news topic on Saturday, as new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, refuted claims of low inauguration attendance, claiming Friday's ceremony was the largest inauguration crowd ever.
Numerous journalists took to Twitter to debunk Spicer’s claim.
Then Spicer is a liar. Period. https://t.co/TEVN4dTdmK— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 21, 2017
The new White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, actually just lied...like totally + blatantly about yesterday's inauguration. straight up.— Noor Tagouri (@NTagouri) January 21, 2017