Saturday, October 25, 2008

US Army Report: Twitter a Terrorist Tool

Do you have a Twitter account? You should. I have one. Follow me on Twitter here.

At first, I was skeptical of its value. But, after using it for the past week or so, I've found it to be a good way to hear what friends are up to, tell them what I'm up to, as well as send and receive news links. Just now, for instance, I sent out this headline on my Twitter feed:

US Army report identifies Twitter as potential terrorist tool

Quoting from the story:

"Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences," the report said.

Hacktivists refers to politically motivated computer hackers.

"Twitter is already used by some members to post and/or support extremist ideologies and perspectives," the report said.

So the US Army feels threatened by Twitter, the US Army doesn't want human rights activists and other "extremists" using Twitter to send their messages to broader audiences, the US Army equates this with terrorism.

Well, if I had any lingering doubts about the usefulness of Twitter, they are gone now. Knowing that the US Army doesn't want me using Twitter to spread my "extremist" beliefs" makes it much more attractive.

Don't have a Twitter account? What are you waiting for? Get one today!

Hey, US Army, here's an extremist message for you: Screw you.