Friday, 7 August 2009

MoD's enlightened approach to online messaging

In an unexpected move the MoD has decided to put its trust in the guys on the frontline and let them use online social networking websites to keep in touch with their families and friends back home. The MoD is actively encouraging soldiers on operations to describe what they are up to in Afghanistan - especially if they do so in a positive way. The MoD has even agreed to support those who are prepared to run their own blogs.

Of course there will be guidelines but essentially the word is "use your common sense and don't give away operational secrets"

This enlightened approach is in marked contrast to what happens in the US military where tight controls remain in place.

The Guardian: UK troops encouraged to use Twitter and Facebook in the field