One Israeli soldier got a little too social with his media after he blabbed on Facebook that his unit would be raiding a West Bank village.
He actually posted the time and location of the raid on Facebook. The Israeli Army canceled the raid. The soldier is spending 10 days in jail, and that’s the least of his worries. His fellow soldiers were the ones who turned him in. When he gets back to his unit, I’m sure they will forcefully remind him that Faceb00k-savvy Palestinian gunmen might have been waiting for them.
The Israeli Army is warning its soldiers to be careful with posting on Facebook. But it’s not just the Israelis who are worried about social media compromising military security. The U.S. miltary is wrestling with how to permit soldiers to use Facebook while not jeopardizing operations. Last week the Pentagon announced a policy that allows soldiers to use media like Facebook and Twitter, but also permits commanders to limit access for operational reasons.
I wish the Pentagon luck. Military personnel can be monitored and restricted on government networks. But there are a lot of places where a young, off-duty soldier can access Facebook to post cool photos or brag about some upcoming operation.