The Russian defence ministry has drafted a law to ban the messages of social networks by professionals, soldiers and other military personnel for reasons of security.
The draft law says of photos, videos and other documents downloaded from the internet may reveal military details useful to an enemy. Auto geotagging can show where a unit of the army is deployed.
The bill affects “contract” soldiers, who may be sent abroad, not conscripts.
Russian soldiers posts have revealed the forces deployed in Ukraine and Syria.
For example, in July 2014, the BBC, Myroslava Petsa tweeted an image of a post by a Russian soldier who has proudly stated, offer Grad rockets at the pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
The end of the Twitter post by @myroslavapetsa
Russia has annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014 and the following month, the rebels seized a large swathe of Donetsk and Luhansk – mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east of Ukraine.
Ukraine and Western governments accuse Russia of supplying heavy weapons and troop reinforcements to the rebels. Russia admits that some Russian “volunteers” are helping the rebels but denies sending regular army forces.
In a YouTube video, a journalist for Vice News, Simon Ostrovsky, has revealed how a Russian soldier in the social media, the posts have confirmed the Russian military’s direct role in the east of Ukraine fighting.
In August 2014, an article in the Bellingcat investigation team, said the messages of social networks by Russian soldiers have confirmed the deaths among the members of the Russian 76th Airborne regiment in the east of Ukraine. The regiment is based in Pskov, western Russia.
Bellingcat is specialized in the analysis of social media in order to document the conflict, including Russia’s military role in Syria.
So-called Islamic State (IS) runs a sophisticated social media operation. The jihadists are fighting not only the united states in the coalition in Iraq and Syria, but also russia allied with the troops of the Syrian government.
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The Russian defence ministry says both the security of the state by the agencies of the FSB and the FSO – already banning their staff from displaying the social media content about themselves or their work.
The new prohibition on staff of the armed forces is expected to take effect in January 2018, Tass news agency reports. What selfies reveal
By BBC Technology reporter Chris Foxx
All the major social networks allow users to share their location when they post photos and messages online.
This can help people to find content from a given location, for example the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Smartphone location data can be quite accurate, a few meters away, some social networks allow you to do very specific searches.
It is too easy to send a tweet without realizing location-sharing is turned on, and that could reveal the exact location of the troops.
A lot of people don’t realize that the photos taken with a smartphone’s default camera app are frequently built-in location data.
And of course, a plain old selfie could reveal your location to someone who recognizes what is in the background.
The Ukraine army is also concerned for his soldiers to give too much away on social media.
The Kyiv Post has reported these concerns in 2015, when the fighting with pro-Russian rebels have been more intense.
“There have been cases where positions have been revealed, which has led to the asset of the bombings,” said Dmytro Podvorchansky of Ukraine Dnipro-1 Regiment.