Army Gives ‘Green light’ to the Use of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr for Soldier Personal Use
LUX Nation, good news for all those serving our country in the United States Army!! It seems the normal ban that was once against all social networks for army soldiers has just been lifted given new Army Orders!! This includes the use of previously banned Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr; now allowing soldiers to stay connected more easily and frequently!!
It is “the intent of senior Army leaders to leverage social media as a medium to allow soldiers to ‘tell the Army story’ and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information,” says the order, obtained by Danger Room. Therefore, “the social media sites available from the Army homepage will be made accessible from all campus area networks. Additionally, all web-based email will be made accessible.” –via wired.com
Although this is a huge step in the right direction, it seems that this order will not yet apply to all GI Bases overseas or to any of the other armed services. Nor does it apply to the use of all existing social networks. That means the previous exclusion to MySpace, YouTube and Pandora still stands! Not good news for those MySpace junkies, but definitely good news for Facebook fans and the growing masses of the Twitter obsession!!
Cheers to the Army for making a huge stride in the right direction!!