Date published: June 2, 2011
JERUSALEM (JTA) ? The Israel Defense Forces has cut nearly all army computers from the Internet and email, angering its soldiers. The computer cutoff includes Facebook, Twitter, hotmail and gmail.
The severing is part of a new program called Global Village, which is set to increase security and save money.
In recent months, soldiers have reportedly jeopardized operations by inadvertently posting information about them to Facebook, while photographs posted to Facebook have not only damaged security but tarnished the image of Israel's military.
Under the plan, a small number of army computers will have Internet access, and even those will be restricted.