US Marines ban social networking use
Washington: The US Marine Corps is banning
its troops from going onto Facebook, MySpace and other social
network sites, citing a possible security risk.
The corps issued an order yesterday saying the ban is
effective immediately on the Marine Corps computer network. It
said the Internet has been used as a haven for malicious
behavior, and said that using social sites can expose
information to adversaries.
Agency has learned that the move is part of a larger
Pentagon review. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn last
week ordered a review of both the threats and benefits of
using social networking, and asked it be done by the end of
The order does not affect Marines' private use of such
networks on personal computers outside of their jobs.