The Marine Corps Times , an independent newspaper focusing on issues involving the service, published an internal Marine Corps communications document with talking points about the issue, describing the social media network as a closed Facebook group with about 30, members. The network solicited nude photos of female service members, some of whom had their name, rank and duty station listed, the newspaper reported.
A Marine Corps spokesman told the newspaper that military officials are uncertain how many military personnel could be involved. Smith also called for proper care to be provided to the victims, and said that, "This behaviour by Marines and former Marines is degrading, dangerous, and completely unacceptable. The site talked of misogynist behaviour, the Marine Corps document said, and the photos were on a secure drive in cloud storage, which has been removed.
The document advised a response along the lines of: "The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website. This behaviour destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual. According to an annual report that the Pentagon released in May , the U. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
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