Pentagon shutting down TroopTube

Jul 26, 2011
Less than three years after its launch, the Pentagon is shutting down TroopTube, a video-sharing site set up for US soldiers and their families.

The US military is surrendering to YouTube. Less than three years after its launch, the Pentagon is shutting down TroopTube, a video-sharing site set up for US soldiers and their families.

A statement posted on the home page of TroopTube.tv said it would close on July 31.

TroopTube was launched in November 2008 at a time when many members of the US armed forces were restricted from using YouTube.

Its stated mission was to be "an online designed to help connect and keep in touch while miles apart."

The site, however, never really caught on and restrictions on use of YouTube were lifted by the Defense Department in February 2010.

"Since then, TroopTube's usage has declined as military members and their families adopted other methods of sharing videos," the TroopTube statement said.

The statement posted on TroopTube urged service members to "please continue to share your videos through video hosting service websites such as ."

It warned them, however, to be "especially mindful of operational security when sharing information about deployments, troop movements, and detailed personal information."

Explore further: Local media have positive slant toward local businesses, Rice University expert finds

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Resolving to stay fit in space and on Earth

56 minutes ago

In February, our attention turns to romantic matters of the heart. As American Heart Month, this month is also a time to focus on heart health and a perfect excuse to start working out to improve your physical ...

Korean tech start-ups offer life beyond Samsung

12 hours ago

As an engineering major at Seoul's Yonsei University, Yoon Ja-Young was perfectly poised to follow the secure, lucrative and socially prized career path long-favoured by South Korea's elite graduates.

Recommended for you

Barclays to allow payments by using Twitter handles

23 hours ago

The next chapter in banks moving into the digital age is a stretch beyond reminding customers over phone lines that they can also bank online. Barclays has launched Twitter payments through Pingit.

QR codes engineered into cybersecurity protection

Feb 27, 2015

QR, or Quick Response, codes – those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something – have been used to convey information about everything from cereals ...

Australian laws on storing phone, Internet records to change

Feb 27, 2015

(AP)—A parliamentary committee on Friday recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telcos and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies. ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.