Ministry of Defence raise awareness of social media dangers

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Social networking has become so popular and open to millions of users that it has become hard to keep secrets and therefore dangerous for groups that need to keep secrets such as the Ministry of Defence. Today we have news that the MoD has issued warnings about the dangers of social networking.

They have taken the same approach which was taken seventy years ago during the World War II. Back then posters and campaigns carried the slogan ‘careless talk costs lives’ which basically implied be careful who you are talking to.

The same applies today with sites like Twitter. The MoD is aiming their campaign at family and friends of soldiers who are participating in military missions that are going on at the moment. Their main concern is that if Facebook updates and Tweets are read by the wrong person they could compromise missions.

The MoD has released a video which we have embedded below, which shows an elderly lady revealing her son’s location in a Facebook status update. The message is that it’s not just friends and family that read statuses.

Are you careful when updating your statuses not to give anything to do with the military away?

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