New Social Media Procedures For Forces Members

This is good advice for anyone really.

Watch yourself, it’s a jungle out there.

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Source: CTV News

Members of Canada’s National Defence staff and Canadian Armed Forces are being asked to remove any reference to their employment on social media profiles, “especially photographs of military personnel in uniform.”

The Canadian Forces Counter Intelligence Unit issued a new directive regarding social media practices to soldiers and staff on Friday, two days after a reservist guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot dead.

The staff bulletin was prompted by a recent increase of reports made to the unit’s western branch of military personnel — or their family members — receiving “friend requests” on Facebook. 

In addition to adjusting privacy and security settings on their personal profiles, military personnel are being asked to search their children’s social media contact lists and delete any profiles they do not know personally.

“Adjust your privacy / security settings so only your friends can view your photos / timeline, etc.,” the directive said. “Repeat this procedure with family members (siblings/elderly parents/children, etc) who are not familiar with security or privacy settings.”

If members continue to receive “friend requests” from unfamiliar people or “suspicious characters” they are urged to notify their local military police detachment.

Soldiers were also provided with Facebook and Twitter “smart cards,” which provide visual steps on how to adjust privacy and security settings.

Following the killings of two soldiers earlier this week, the Canadian Armed Forces ordered military personnel to avoid wearing their uniforms in public. Miltary officials eased the order on Thursday, saying soldiers may wear their uniform on their way to and from work.

From the social media bulletin:

  • Should you receive a Friend Request on any social media site from someone you do not know, do not accept that person’s Friend Request.
  • Should your children have social media site access, go through their contact list with your children and delete all contacts they do not know personally.
  • Adjust your privacy / security settings so only your friends can view your photos / timeline, etc. Repeat this procedure with family members (siblings/elderly parents/children, etc) who are not familiar with security or privacy settings.
  • Remove any reference to your employment with the DND and/or CAF from all social media sites, especially photographs of military personnel in uniform.
  • If, after all the above steps are taken and you continue to receive “Friend Requests” from people you do not personally know or suspicious characters, please notify your nearest MP Detachment.
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Shouldn’t they have been doing this already?  It’s the military for crying out loud.  If you’re in charge of keeping your countrymen safe, wouldn’t it make sense that you would take care of yourself all the more, especially on the internet.
It’s good that these measures are in place now.

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