Army Orders End to Ban on Facebook, Twitter
The U.S. Army issues an order to unblock the use of several social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, at domestic installations. The order shows the Army is overcoming some of its reluctance to allow social networking, but it is still standing firm on its ban on sites such as MySpace and YouTube.The U.S. Army has officially ended its ban on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, according to media reports. In a memo dated May 18, the Army ordered its network managers to permit access to social networking sites as a means to "tell the Army story and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information." The order applies to all social media sites linked to on the Army's homepage, including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
The order, published here by Wired, applies to all domestic campus area networks and is meant to bring consistency to the Army's Web filtering policy. In practice, such sites were permitted at some domestic installations yet disallowed at others.