British Troops Ordered to Use Social Media

British Troops Ordered to Use Social Media

Ministry of Defense TwitterLast week, U.S. Marines were banned from using any social networking site, including Twitter. In a major contrast to those events, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has encouraged all of its troops to tweet, blog and upload photos to Facebook. Just one rule: Use common sense.

The military says they want troops to become more accessible to the general public and engage on a social level with citizens.

The Ministry of Defense has even set up their own Twitter account (@defensehq) and their Facebook page has nearly 180,000 fans.

While some may frown on such public transparency, especially in regards to the military, I think it’s great to see them utilize modern technology other than weaponry.




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