UK Civil Service's Twitter account goes rogue calling Government 'truth twisters'


The UK Civil Service's Twitter account branded the Government "truth twisters" after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he stood by his advisor Dominic Cummings during today's press briefing.


The post was uploaded onto Twitter shortly after the PM defended Mr. Cummings over his journey to Co Durham during the height of lockdown.


Shortly after the conference came to an end, the account tweeted: "Arrogant and offensive.


"Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?"


The post was liked more than 32,000 times and retweeted by 22,000 accounts before it was taken down.


It remained online for 11 minutes.


But, thousands managed to screenshot the tweet, share and comment about it on the platform.



One said: How amazing that this was tweeted from the official UK Civil Service account. Deleted now, but what a crazy bank holiday weekend for politics.


Some even praised the actions with another adding: The person who risked their job and tweeted this from the UK Civil Service account. Bow down my friend, you are a hero.


A third commented: Rebellion on the UK Civil Service Twitter account. I suspect some intern has just lost their job. But, I for one applaud them.


An investigation has been launched after a tweet on the official UK Civil Service account hit out at "truth twisters".


A UK Government spokesman said: "An unauthorised tweet was posted on a Government channel this evening.



"The post has been removed and we are investigating the matter."


Mr Johnson told the Downing Street press conference that "some" of the allegations about Mr Cummings' behaviour during self-isolation were "palpably false".


He said: "Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation and thereafter, some of them palpably false, I believe that in every respect he has acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming aim of stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives."



But many online were furious after the PM decided to stick by Mr Cummings with many taking to Twitter in order to slam the decision.


Mr Cummings claimed he made the long journey to the North East out of concern for his child's safety after his wife Mary Wakefield started showing Covid-19 symptoms.


Under the regulations at the time, anyone with symptoms, which both Cummings and his wife had, was supposed to stay at home for at least 14 days and self-isolate.


But, it was also alleged that Mr Cummings visited the tourist destination Barnard Castle on April 12 and that he was again spotted in Co Durham on April 19 a claim the Government denies.