Posted on Feb 27, 2010
The U.S. military is allowing its troops access to social media websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, after a review of Internet use and security. The ruling follows a Pentagon decision in 2007 to block those sites.—JCL
US troops are to be allowed to use social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook following a review of internet use and security.
Defence department officials say the benefits of using social media now outweigh the risks to security.
The ruling means that a number of sites blocked by the Pentagon in 2007 - including YouTube - will be unblocked.
However, commanders will be able to temporarily block access to safeguard missions or save bandwidth.
Facebook is one of the sites recently unblocked by the Pentagon. Others include Twitter and YouTube.