After a seven-month review of policy, the U.S. Department of defence has officially given permission to troops and top-brass Pentagon officials to Twitter.
They can also update their status on Facebook and other social networking platforms.
But the Department of defence at all levels will monitor “against malicious activity on military information networks” and alert security if there are any breeches. They can block sites or shut down the Internet access within military networks temporarily if there is an issue.
“This directive recognises the importance of balancing appropriate security measures while maximizing the capabilities afforded by 21st Century Internet tools,” Deputy Secretary of defence William J. Lynn III wrote in the press statement.
The full memo is available here.
Here’s more from the AP:
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says everyone from troops in the field to the highest brass and civilian leaders will be allowed to Twitter, blog and use Facebook and other social networking sites on the military’s non-classified computer network.
The decision comes after a seven-month review in which defence Department officials weighed the threats and benefits of allowing the wide use of emerging Internet capabilities.
The department issued a new policy Friday that essentially acknowledges that the Internet is a useful tool for recruiting, public relations and a myriad of other tasks.
To guard security, though, the new policy allows commanders to cut off access — on a temporary basis only — if that’s required to safeguard a mission or reserve bandwidth for official use.