As part of the resistance movement aimed at the anti-scientific agenda of Trump and his administration, unidentified personnel at the CDC have launched a Twitter account -- @Alt_CDC (see: ‘Alt’ CDC Twitter account joins the resistance). Below are some details from an article about this account and others like it:
“Join the Resistance.”That’s one of the first messages on a newly created Twitter account that says it’s trying to protect the scientific integrity of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The AltCDC account – like its counterparts set up for other federal agencies that deal with scientific matters – is a reaction to moves by the Trump administration to prevent federal scientists from sharing data with the press and the public. Pres. Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly...to shore up its control over communications with the public and the press, as officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture e-mailed staff to inform them that they may no longer discuss agency research or departmental restrictions with anyone outside of the agency—including news media. Both agencies also told their scientists and other staff that press releases and external communications about taxpayer-funded work would stop until further notice. It remains unclear if these will be temporary or long-term policies. Nothing on the AltCDC page identifies who is behind the account....AltCDC retweeted a message by a Canadian doctor and drug researcher who recalled that President Donald Trump has expressed the belief – widely discredited – that childhood vaccines can cause autism and other disabilities (see: The Shadow Network of Anti-Vax Doctors). Trump has met with anti-vaccine activists since winning the election.
Trump is aggressively trying to control most of the mainstream media which have now been described as the "opposition party" by his chief strategist, Steve Bannon (see: Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’). Fox is the approved Trump cable TV outlet (see: Trump says yes to Fox, no to virtually all other TV interviews). He has also assigned two of his young political operatives to run the Voice of America (see: Donald Trump sends two aides to Voice of America studios, raising fears he’s going to politicize the outlet).
The irony relating to the Alt_CDC account is that Twitter also is the favored social media channel that Trump uses post-election as @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. At the time that this note was written, there were a number of other alternative governmental agency accounts including the following: @alt_NIH, @AltForestService, @alt_fda, @altusda, @AltNatParkSer, @AltHHs, and @Alt_NIH. I am sure that this situation is changing on a daily basis and that some attempts may be made to suppress these resistance Twitter accounts. You may need to search for the ones you are interested in following.