By Chris Perez. March 5, pm Updated March 6, am. Hundreds of US Marines swapped naked pictures of female recruits and veterans — many of whom had no idea that they had been photographed — on a secret Facebook page, a report says. More than two dozen women — including active-duty and enlisted service members — were spotlighted on the social media site and identified by their full name, rank and military duty station, CIR reported on its website Reveal.
Male Marines Accused of Sharing Naked Photos of Female Military Colleagues, According to Report
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The U. Department of Defense is investigating claims that male Marines have been sharing nude photos of female service members and veterans in a secret Facebook group, according to The Center for Investigative Reporting , a nonprofit investigative news organization. According to the report hundreds of Marines are under investigation for soliciting and sharing hundreds and maybe thousands of photos of naked female service members and veterans on a private Facebook page. The photos were reportedly discovered less than a month after female Marines were first admitted into infantry roles. The Center for Investigative Reporting also reported that Thomas Brennan, a marine vet who runs a nonprofit news organization called The War Horse , initially uncovered the photo sharing, reporting it to Marine Corps headquarters on January According to the Center's report , the social media accounts that were sharing the photos were taken down by Google and Facebook within a day, per the Marine Corps' request, but that hasn't fully stopped Marines from sharing these photos.
The U. Nude photos were allegedly shared online via a Facebook group titled Marines United , which has nearly 30, members, mostly active-duty U. An online link to the the photos, as well as the names and units of the women pictured, was posted in January by a former Marine who was working for a defense contractor, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The contractor has since been relieved of his duties.
The Marine Corps is looking into allegations that an unknown number of potential Marines, as well as current and former service members, shared naked and compromising photos of their colleagues on social media, Marine officials said Sunday. The allegations were first reported by the War Horse and published Saturday through the website Reveal. The author, a Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient, has received numerous death threats since the article was first published. It is unclear how many people are involved in the scandal and how many photos were posted online.