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US Service Members Told To Keep A Low Profile On Social Media

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On Sunday evening the FBI issued a warning to all US Service members the dangers of having too much information of themselves on social media. The intelligence bulletin posted by a joint effort between FBI and The Department of Homeland Security had officials telling service members to ‘scrub’ their social media profiles clean. By doing this, they hope to prevent anyone in the forces being targeted by violent extremists operating within the US once personal identities had been discovered.



The report said that: 'The FBI and DHS recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIS and its supporters.’ It continued to recommend that service members should ‘routinely exercise operational security in their interactions online’.

The report was confirmed by the Pentagon, but the chance of immediate danger was greatly played down.‘This is nothing new for us. The department has long been aware and mindful of the potential for home grown extremism, and we have continued to encourage and to advise all of our personnel to exercise the maximum amount of vigilance.’ Said Col. Steven Warren, a Defense Department spokesperson.

A similar warning was posted in October when the FBI warned military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members — and to ‘show up and slaughter them.’ It was also feared that there would be copycat attacks following on from the attack on Canadian Parliament last month.

The bulletin warned against using geolocation apps which would post locations and told service members to keep their information as private as possible in order to stay safe.

In September, ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohammad al-Adnani gave a chilling statement which encouraged the release bulletin. 'Do not ask for anyone's advice and do not seek anyone's verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war.’

Social media has proven to be one of ISIS’ most valuable tools in their horrific and cowardly campaign and they have been attempting to recruit from outside Iraq for a large amount of time now.
Unfortunately, now it would seem that there are more reasons to keep your social media profiles private than to just hide those topless photos.

It’s a scary world when people are utilizing social media to source terror. Especially when you consider just how fast social media is still growing. 


Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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US Service Members Told To Keep A Low Profile On Social Media Reviewed by Tom Welby on Friday, December 05, 2014 Rating: 5
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