Marines Ban Social Networking Amid Pentagon Study

By: Pauline Jelinek AP Email
By: Pauline Jelinek AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 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 Monday 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.

The Associated Press 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 month.

The order doesn't effect Marines' private use of such networks on personal computers outside of their jobs.

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