Government Twitter Accounts Are Among the First Casualties of the Shutdown


The government officially shut down at midnight, which means that, for the time being, only essential government services will be in operation.

High on the list of government services deemed “nonessential” is the management of federal Twitter accounts.

Along with the national parks, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Library of Congress–all of which have effectively closed for business–Twitter accounts for NOAA Hurricane Hunters, NASA Voyager 2, and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife (among many, many others) are going dark during the shutdown.


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