The US military on Monday launched its own internal YouTube-like website, MilTube, that allows service members to share video and audio in a safer and more secure way behind the department's firewall.
It has been designed to serve the interests of military personnel who want to share videos and also satisfy the security concerns of the Department of Defense, which has been uncomfortable giving its members access to mainstream social networking and video-sharing sites.
"If you wanted to share a training video, or perhaps a process or procedure, you wouldn't want to post that on YouTube. It isn't for the world to see," says Justin Filler, deputy director of the Army's MilTech Solutions Office at Maryland. "MilTube was created because the community has asked for it."
The military had blocked 13 media and networking sites including YouTube and MySpace in 2007.
MilTube is the latest update to a platform of military social media sites that includes milWiki, milBook, and milBlog. It has more than 88,500 members across the armed forces, the Army said in a press release.