The U.S. Marines have banned Twitter and Facebook. That the Marines have banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and various other social networking sites comes in an article from Wired magazine. The Marines banned Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace as part of a move to protect their systems and personnel, and further keep themselves protected from online influences. The ban isn’t limited to just those sites, but many social media and social networking web-sites. The Marines’ ban will last at least one year, and has been drawn up as a response to the ever growing concern that these sites can be a dangerous playground to unsavory characters.
Wired magazine attained a copy of the Marine Corps order, which read; “These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries.” While it is a pretty big move to make by the U.S. Marines, at the same time it is entirely understandable that they would want to protect themselves against possible attacks, viruses and Trojan worms that can come through in the background of sites like MySpace and Facebook. Many users have experienced problems along those lines in the past, and it seems the U.S. Marines don’t want to add their name to the list.
Online social networking sites were intended to be a great and easy way for people to keep in tough with one another, all while being done online. Many of these social networking sites have not only replaced the telephone, but e-mail correspondence as well, because it is just so easy to update the pages. People can keep up with friends and family they haven’t talked to in a while, send a quick message on a work break or through their cell phone, or write about their own day through words and/or pictures. It has been an interesting move over to these social networking sites, and many users have accounts at more than one of them at the same time. The problem that has become inherent with these sites, is that the ease of attaining information has not just been helpful to people keeping in touch with one another, but to people looking to start up a scam.
One interesting note within the Marine Corps order of the ban, is that waivers can be issued if a Marine can prove that it is “mission critical” for them to have access to one of the banned web-sites. For now though, it seems that Marines on their breaks are going to have to find new ways to entertain themselves, as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among many other web-sites are going to be banned for at least a year. The ban on the social networking sites goes into effect immediately.
Source: Wired Article