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Social media is a popular mode for sharing user-generated content such as photographs, videos, and articles online. Although members of the military may use forms of social media to stay connected with their friends and family during training and deployment, the use of social media by soldiers is not without complication. In some cases, social media can be used to successfully track enemy combatants, yet the use of social media can also compromise troops’ locations and movements to the enemy.

Social media is a broad term that includes any number of tools, programs, and applications available on computers and mobile devices that allow users to share, edit, and comment upon content online. The user-generated content located on social media platforms typically includes videos, photos, and ...

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