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British Troops Ordered to Use Social Media

August 10, 2009 5:35 AM | Columns

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.