Military blocks its own “safe” version of YouTube

The US Defense Department has blocked access to military friendly video sharing site TroopTube, which was set up to take the place of YouTube, which itself had been blocked due to security concerns.

Troops in both the US and overseas have been blocked from accessing TroopTube with a message that reads that the “site is not currently approved for viewing due to content and/or security issues associated with potentially malicious file extensions” reports Wired. Military websurfers are also warned that “Using the Internet for other than authorized purposes may result in adverse administrative of disciplinary action.”

Launched in November 2008, TroopTube allows people to register as members of one of the branches of the armed forces, family, civilian Defense Department employees or supporters. Members can upload personal videos from anywhere with an Internet connection, but the videos are reviewed “for taste, copyright violations, and national security issues” before going live. You can read our coverage of TroopTube’s launch here.