POTUS’s Move to Clamp Down on Communications Spurs Backlash – By  Amy Harder and  Jim Carlton Updated Jan. 27, 2017 12:34 p.m. ET


Social media heats up as administration takes down certain webpages

POTUS’s efforts to curtail communication from federal agencies has sparked social media outrage. WSJ’s Amy Harder explains on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Zuma Press

WASHINGTON—Agencies across the federal government are scrambling to handle a chaotic transition of power between two diametrically different leaders.

This has led to confusion over what government websites can display, what employees are allowed to do with publicly funded work and growing social-media activism aimed at rebutting the President.

An Environmental Protection Agency spokesman denied media reports from earlier this week that POTUS’s administration was going to imminently delete the EPA’s website on climate change. Meanwhile, incoming POTUS officials at agencies including the Interior Department, Agriculture Department and the EPA have demanded a cessation of certain public communication, prompting outcries from some congressional Democrats and progressive interest groups.

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