YouTube Banned on Military Computers
Posted on May 14, 2007
YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular websites will no longer be accessible via U.S. military computers. A military spokesman says the move is meant to address bandwidth issues, but it’s no secret the military has been less than thrilled with the content sometimes posted by soldiers. Service members with personal computers will be unaffected, free to visit the Pentagon’s own YouTube channel.
BBC defence and security correspondent Rob Watson says the decision could stop thousands of soldiers from communicating with friends and loved ones.
For many US soldiers serving overseas, YouTube and other similar websites are a popular way of keeping in touch, he says.
The spokesman for US Strategic Command and Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations said: “As these sites have become more and more popular, they’ve had an impact on bandwidth resources and network availability and we’re having to restrict use of some of them.”