The U.S. Department of Interior was ordered to suspend operations of its Twitter accounts Friday after one account shared two tweets that were unflattering toward President Donald Trump's incoming administration.
The official Twitter account of the National Park Service was restored after briefly shutting down when a staff member retweeted images implying there was a low turnout on the National Mall for President Donald Trump's inauguration.
One Twitter account has already dropped itself in hot water during the first hours of Trump's presidency after retweeting a picture of the crowds at Trump's inauguration. The second tweet noted several omissions of policy areas on the new White House website.
The posts have since been removed and an apology was posted Saturday that reads, "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".
"They were not reflective of Park Service policy", the official told the paper.
The crowd comparison tweet that the Park Service shared came from a New York Times reporter. Seen straightforwardly, it's a way to share an interesting piece of information.
In this case, the Park Service didn't.
It was unclear who at Interior made the decision to ban tweeting for now.
Trump's nominee for interior secretary, Rep. Ryan Zinke, will testify in his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
He declined to comment on the Twitter suspension.
The offending tweets have been deleted and the Park Service didn't say whether the employee responsible for the retweets had been identified.
"While we make internal estimates for staffing, security and emergency response purposes, it is left to the discretion of event organizers to make a determination of the event attendance".