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Do You Agree With the US Marines' Ban on Social Networking?

Do You Agree With the US Marines' Ban on Social Networking?

One of my oldest friend's husband has been back and forth to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marine Corps for over two years. They have been using MySpace, Facebook, and a family blog to keep him abreast of what goes on at home, and let him chime in about what his days are like overseas. Although no top-secret information has ever been exchanged, a new Marine Corps order, which goes into effect immediately, bans him from using any social networking site.

According to the order, the use of social networking sites puts operational and communications security at risk when viruses and trojans are passed online from user to user, and the Marine Corps feels that sites like Facebook and Twitter are the breeding ground for these viruses.

Although I may have a personal stake in this matter — it's now harder for one of my best friends to get in touch with her husband — I can kinda see where the Marine Corps is coming from. Viruses can attack from anywhere, and you won't see them coming on any radar, especially if the user doesn't know the signs. But what about you — do you agree with the Marine Corps' ban on social networking? I honestly thought it would have more do with security issues than a computer virus.

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oofhgoo oofhgoo 6 years
I am in the Navy, and I am not allowed to use Facebook. I am attached to a ship, but I think that shore-based personnel are allowed to use networking sites. I've just returned from deployment, so I was unable to look at Facebook for 7 months. I can't say that it was too painful. Now that I'm back, I really don't use Facebook as much as before I left. However, I must say that I looked at sugar.com quite a bit during those 7 months.
sblazer227 sblazer227 6 years
It just disrupts relations that are already strained due to space and the situation. i just feel bad for the soldiers and their families.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 6 years
i'm down for whatever keeps our troops safe.
caroline_1 caroline_1 6 years
military.com (i believe) said that they can still use social networks when not working, aka on "civilian time" ..the main point of banning them is to avoid violations of OPSEC, which happen allll the time on social networks.. people posting countdowns until their deployed loved ones come home, unit locations, updates on their service-related jobs; all of which are prohibited under OPSEC regulations.. so really, this ban isn't "new" its just enforcing existing regulations that are not being followed... so long story, I support this.. it's for their safety.
syako syako 6 years
I hope you didn't take my comment as disrespectful to soldiers. And I understand that this may be more of a burden on families and friends, but ultimately, to me the safety of our armed forces is more important than them being able to tweet and facebook. Like Leila said, they probably made this decision for a reason and after consideration.
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
I work for the navy, we have been getting some warning "loose tweets, sink ships" emails for a while now. That being said, I think this is a little ridiculous, because it came down from the DOD, not the Navy. WildStrawberry, you make a good point about the guys revealing their location, but they are not even allowed to disclose information about their location/missions on the phone or through letters, much less online. As for in my situation, I use SNS to advertise recreation activities. We were warned not to disclose the location/times of our events, for fear that terrorists would exploit that information. But it is a irrational reason, simply for the fact that so much information about the military is already public knowledge (location of bases, military sponsored activities off-site, ect.). I do think that the major issue is the spyware/malware, but after working in IT with Network Security, I do know that they can be very paranoid. All that being said, I don't think that they would have made a decision like this without some serious consideration. I don't see any of my marines getting off their SNS anytime soon though.
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
I work for the navy, we have been getting some warning "loose tweets, sink ships" emails for a while now. That being said, I think this is a little ridiculous, because it came down from the DOD, not the Navy. WildStrawberry, you make a good point about the guys revealing their location, but they are not even allowed to disclose information about their location/missions on the phone or through letters, much less online. As for in my situation, I use SNS to advertise recreation activities. We were warned not to disclose the location/times of our events, for fear that terrorists would exploit that information. But it is a irrational reason, simply for the fact that so much information about the military is already public knowledge (location of bases, military sponsored activities off-site, ect.).I do think that the major issue is the spyware/malware, but after working in IT with Network Security, I do know that they can be very paranoid. All that being said, I don't think that they would have made a decision like this without some serious consideration. I don't see any of my marines getting off their SNS anytime soon though.
WildStrawberry WildStrawberry 6 years
I can understand why it's banned, Twitter used to be used differently. Before getting all the attention from the media and celebrities, it was used to say what you were doing, not to follow people and chat like you text. I'm guessing the army didn't want people to tweet "I'm on the field, training" or "We're on our way to hit a base at ... " by texts. Facebook and Myspace is used from the camp, more control! My good friend is a marine and he keep us all updated on his life on Myspace and I love it.
WildStrawberry WildStrawberry 6 years
I can understand why it's banned, Twitter used to be used differently. Before getting all the attention from the media and celebrities, it was used to say what you were doing, not to follow people and chat like you text. I'm guessing the army didn't want people to tweet "I'm on the field, training" or "We're on our way to hit a base at ... " by texts.Facebook and Myspace is used from the camp, more control!My good friend is a marine and he keep us all updated on his life on Myspace and I love it.
heatherness11 heatherness11 6 years
My husband is currently delpoyed overseas and has been for the last eight months. Facebook etc., has been a huge part of our communication with eachother and family. I continually post photos of our children because he is missing our life on a daily basis. I think they are all very conscious of not revealing anything inappropriate in regards to security. I cannot imagine any wives, family, friends dealing with the very difficult time of deployments without it. My heart goes out to them. My husband is in the Army so hopefully they will still allow this. Don't forget the sacrifice these Americans are making for your freedom- they deserve respect!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
it's not harder to get ahold of him if he still has emailit's just more of a pain in the ass to relay tons of messages and pictures
skigurl skigurl 6 years
it's not harder to get ahold of him if he still has email it's just more of a pain in the ass to relay tons of messages and pictures
mek123 mek123 6 years
I think it should be banned by all branches of the military or none...don't single out the Marines. Security should be the top priority.
Alithyra Alithyra 6 years
It's not just viruses and whatnot -- it's called operational security. These are the rules we all agreed to when we signed on the dotted line and we must abide by them. Security HAS to be a top priority. That said, don't single out the Marines. It should either be an across the board thing for all the Armed and Civil forces, or nothing.
Alithyra Alithyra 6 years
It's not just viruses and whatnot -- it's called operational security. These are the rules we all agreed to when we signed on the dotted line and we must abide by them. Security HAS to be a top priority.That said, don't single out the Marines. It should either be an across the board thing for all the Armed and Civil forces, or nothing.
syako syako 6 years
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syako syako 6 years
They can still email right? So, what the problem?
syako syako 6 years
They can still email right?So, what the problem?
bluebrooke11 bluebrooke11 6 years
I really don't get it! Army, Navy, Airforce... they can all use it! Why not Marines?? It doesn't make any sense. Maybe like people higher up. But not just Marines. Unless they are planning to blow up Iraq. O.o scary.
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