UPI: White House says it will ‘look into’ reports of Trump-ordered media blackout; critics alarmed

President Donald Trump’s administration has placed certain restrictions on several federal offices to keep some employees from communicating with the public through unofficial channels, news reports said Tuesday.

Sources at the agencies, which include the Environmental Protection Agency and departments of Commerce, Interior and Agriculture, told news media that various directives were handed down in recent days that effectively blacklist public communications through social media and certain other channels.

Earlier Tuesday, sources at the EPA mentioned a similar restriction at the environmental regulatory agency, which also placed a temporary freeze on all pending grants and contracts that were initiated by Barack Obama’s administration.