The Russian military has started urging soldiers to get off social media
Late last year, Russia's Defense Ministry reportedly started advising soldiers and the ministry’s civilian staff to delete their accounts on social media and disable geolocation on their mobile devices, according to the newspaper Izvestia, confirming leaked cartoons and posters that began appearing online last November.
Видели новые армейские плакаты об информационной безопасности? pic.twitter.com/uLi8Qkopsm— Sergey Korol (@krlsrg) November 14, 2017
The Defense Ministry’s new Internet-use guidebook says foreign intelligence services are constantly monitoring social networks, and warns that geolocated photos and videos can be used to “disrupt combat missions.”
Soldiers who decide to remain on social media, the ministry says, should do everything they can to conceal their accounts from prying eyes, never “friending” anyone they don’t know personally, and asking friends and family not to share information about their military activities.