US Military Now On Twitter, Facebook

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The U.S. military in Afghanistan is embracing social networking and has launched pages on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The military says that the goal of its social networking strategy is to engage non-traditional audiences directly with news, videos, pictures and other information.

Since beta testing began on May 12, the USFOR-A Facebook page has attracted more than 5,000 fans and the usfora Twitter page has drawn more than 1,600 followers. The military’s YouTube channel has been viewed nearly 3,000 times since its launch. There was no active marketing of sites during the beta testing period.

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For those that become Facebook fans or sign up to follow tweets will receive an inside look at reports, videos and images from troops on the ground, including content that is not available to the mainstream media.

The military says the pages have quickened the pace at which commanders can get information to the public, allowing them to preempt extremist propaganda. The Taliban regularly make false claims of military victories to the Afghan press, which more often quotes insurgent groups than western spokespeople.

The U.S. Forces-Afghanistan’s social networking activities are not focused on countering insurgent claims in the Afghan media, but the aim of its online presence is to help strip militants of their attempt to influence the international press.

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