Following the lead of DARPA, its high-tech weapons lab, the U.S. military is planning to launch a full-scale blitz on social media this week. In an effort to counter propaganda from the Taliban in Afghanistan – a battle the U.S. says it is losing – American military forces are launching pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to better communicate what’s happening with troops over there. “There’s an entire audience segment that seeks its news from alternative means outside traditional news sources, and we want to make sure we’re engaging them as well,” Colonel Greg Julian, the top U.S. spokesman in Afghanistan, told Military.com. Nice of them to notice!
The question still remains: how much information will be posted on these pages? According to the story, soldiers are being encouraged to post their tales and photos on the sites, but how honest will they be allowed to be? You have to imagine there will be a level of censorship – not only do military officials not want sensitive information getting out, they also certainly don’t want any of the information posted to give people back home a negative opinion of what’s going on over there.