A couple years ago I remember making the remark that Facebook was the US Intelligence Community’s best friend; it is the single greatest spying tool ever invented. I mean think about it, Facebook users voluntarily submit information about themselves such as their interests, likes, dislikes, hobbies, up to the minute pictures, where they have worked or traveled in the past and links to all their closest friends and family members. Prior to Facebook, do you know how much time, money and effort it would have taken a private investigator or Federal background agency to compile that sort of information on someone? In this way there is no denying that Facebook has absolutely become the worlds single largest/greatest international spying database.
To this very point, yesterday, November 8th 2018, Russia’s legislature officially passed new legislation banning all military personnel from using or posting to social media applications/networks, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Perhaps most interestingly, according to a report from Russia Today, this was specifically done to curb/crack down on international espionage efforts against Russia’s military – to protect soldiers from themselves.
According to the Kremlin, “analysis of the activities of the Russian military revealed that troops are of particular interest to the special services of foreign states and terrorist groups.” Explaining that “The data shared by the servicemen online is used to apply psychological and information pressure on Russia and its military as well as forming biased opinions on state policies of Russian authorities in society.” Therefore, the bill is aimed at “eradicating” such influence.
“With social media activities of Russian troops under scrutiny from foreign spies and terrorists,” the report from RT adds, “new legislation has banned servicemen from sharing data on themselves, and their brothers in arms, online and in the media. The bill outlaws photos, videos, geolocation data and any other information, coming from the troops.” It is important to note that the new law does not effect those retired from military service and does not extend to the spouses of military personnel, the law only applies to those currently serving active duty. Anyone found to be violating this law in the future will be subjected to “disciplinary sanctions from commanders” – including possible jail time.
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