About Face(book): Marines lift ban on social networking

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Marine Corps officials have lifted a ban on marines using social networking Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on the service’s non-secret network, according to a memo.

Service members will be granted access to social networking sites on the Marine Corps’ non-secret network immediately, according to the memo the service issued March 29.

“The Marine Corps embraces and strives to leverage the advances of Internet-based capabilities,” the memo states.


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Marines must still follow other Marine Corps guidelines such as limiting the amount of time doing personal business on official networks, according to the memo. Marine Corps officials also plan to provide training on the effective use of Internet-based technologies.

Don Faul, Facebook’s director of online operations said in a statement that lifting the ban will benefit Marine Corps members and their families.

"As a former active duty Marine, I’m heartened by this week’s issuance of guidelines that encourage responsible and effective use of social networking by Marine Corps personnel,” Faul said. “Social media services like Facebook play an important role in people's daily lives and are a particularly beneficial link between those stationed around the world and their families at home.”

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