THE UNITED STATES federal government shutdown has seen a number of its websites and Twitter feeds suspended, including those belonging to NASA, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Homeland Security.
For those who have been avoiding the news, the US government shutdown came after politicians failed to agree on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December. This means that funding for US federal government operations has not been released, and as a result many departments are effectively closed.
This also means that a number of websites and Twitter accounts have been suspended by the government shutdown, which could continue for a while.
At NASA's website, for example, users are being redirected to a government notice saying, "Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available." Its Twitter account is also inactive.
Due to the gov't shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.— NASA (@NASA) October 1, 2013
The FTC's website and Twitter feeds are also unavailable, with the department informing website visitors that they can't file complaints or register on the Do Not Call List. Freedom of Information Requests also won't be accepted during the shutdown.
Unfortunately, the FTC is closed due to gov shutdown. We won't be available to answer questions via Twitter. We hope to be open soon.— FTC (@FTC) October 1, 2013
Visitors to US Deparment of Justice website will also be left disappointed, with the website displaying a notice that reads, "Due to the lapse in government funding, information on this website will not be routinely updated, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the department may not be able to respond to inquiries until funding has been restored."
Other suspended websites include those of the Deparment of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture and the US Census Bureau. It would be impossible to name all of the Twitter accounts affected by the government shutdown, but these include accounts for the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission still appears to be functioning, however, so it's unlikely that Twitter's IPO plans will be affected by the shutdown. µ
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