DoD social media policy extended to 2012

The Defense Department’s social media policy has been extended for another year.

“The default is to permit and utilize social media tools, take action when we have to for bandwidth or security reasons, but the default is to have them open and available to the department,” said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, quoted in an article in Wired’s Danger Room.

In January, DoD eliminated its social media office, saying social media should be part of everyone’s communications. This is a long way from just a couple of years ago, when the department was considering getting rid of almost all collaborative tools for fear of network security breaches.

The current social media policy expires January 2012. This extension of a temporary policy may give way to more permanent guidelines.