Is the “Alt” Right? (Twitter edition)
@EPA vs. @AltUSEPA

“Alternate” vs. Official Social Media Accounts

@EPA = United States Environmental Protection Agency

Twitter has long had @EPA. Now it also has @altUSEPA. And there are similar pairings.

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But we began to wonder — regardless of why they were deemed necessary1 — how do the “Alt” social media accounts really compare to the official government agency ones? Here we’ll make it easy to form your own conclusion, with the most recent posts from two accounts for comparison:

@EPA vs. @AltUSEPA

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1. In early 2017, some scientists, technicians, and other employees of U.S.A. federal agencies began expressing fear of suppression or loss of publicly funded research, data, and the freedom to communicate about it transparently. Some created independent social media accounts to serve as the uncensored, alternative counterparts of official accounts under control of federal agencies; they may be more or less political, and more or less partisan, depending on their respective operators.