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South Dakota Governor Noem’s official social media accounts appear to disappear without explanation

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PIERRE, SD (AP) — Longtime official social media accounts of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem have apparently been deleted without explanation.

The accounts on Facebook, Instagram and X, the website formerly known as Twitter, had hundreds of thousands of followers. As of Monday, links to them on the governor’s official website led to pages saying the accounts were no longer active.

A fourth link from the governor’s website to her official YouTube page remained active, as did Noem’s personal accounts on Facebook, Instagram and X.

This month, a new X-Account was launched for the governor’s office, which had just over 300 followers as of Monday morning, far fewer than the roughly half a million followers of her old account.

Noem’s spokesman Ian Fury told the Associated Press that he referred to that account as a source for official updates from the governor’s office, but declined to answer questions about her old accounts, such as whether they were deleted by Noem or her office.

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Noem was once considered a 2024 vice presidential candidate for former Republican President Donald Trump. Since The Guardian revealed the details she wrote in her new book in April, she has been the target of a steady stream of hate mail over the killing of a wild puppy.

She tried to reframe the story from two decades ago as an example of her willingness to make difficult decisions. She wrote on social media that the 14-month-old wire-haired dog named Cricket had exhibited aggressive behavior by biting.

Noem also faced harsh criticism in South Dakota for remarks she made earlier this year about tribal leaders profiting from drug cartels. Several tribes have banned Noem from their reservations.

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