The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â reads a Marine Corps order, issued Monday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The very nature of SNS [social network sites] creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage that puts OPSEC [operational security], COMSEC [communications security], [and] personnelÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ at an elevated risk of compromise.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The MarinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ ban will last a year.
Yet many within the PentagonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highest ranks find value in the Web 2.0 tools.
More evidence here that there is still very much an internal battle over social media within DoD. Much of that battle involves differing views o what 21st century warfare is all about, what is required for victory, the relative importance of winning “hearst and minds,” etc. – post by TransTracker
The Marines say they will issue waivers to the Web 2.0 blockade, if a Ã¢â‚¬Å“mission critical needÃ¢â‚¬Â can be proven. And they will continue to allow access to the militaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s internal Ã¢â‚¬Å“SNS-like services.Ã¢â‚¬Â But for most members of the Corps, access to the real, public social networks is now shut off for the next year.