Washington: The massive marine photo scandal has shocked everyone including the Marine Corps. Thousands and thousands of male marines have been sharing the nude photographs of their female colleagues on different Facebook groups even after ‘Marines United’ Facebook group was busted.
Reports suggest that the Marines United Facebook group, where marines not just shared nude photos of female marines, but also gave graphic details of their bodies and passed extremely lewd comments, hasn’t been successfully shut down. On the contrary, its members are being redirected to other pages by the group.
Meanwhile there are many women who have never been with the Marine Corps, but had marine boyfriends, husbands are finding to their horror that their photos are also being shared by the Marines United group members. A woman, who had a marine boyfriend, has felt so humiliated that she has stopped stepping outside her home, fearing someone may recognize and taunt her.
In the meantime a report in the Military says that the Marines’ top officer has sent a “White Letter” to all senior leaders in the service ordering them to support self-identified victims of Facebook harassment and illicit photo sharing. The officer has also asked the officials to create awareness about its far reaching consequences and killing impact it may have on the personality and the psyche of the victims.
The Hill reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was extremely angry at the head of the Marine Corps during a hearing Tuesday. The hearing was regarding the raging controversy over nude photo sharing scandal.
Gillibrand wile criticizing Gen. Robert Neller said, “I have to say when you say to us it’s got to be different, that rings hollow…I don’t know what you mean when you say that. Why does it have to different? Because you, all of a sudden, feel it has to be different? Who has been held accountable? … Who has been held responsible? Have you actually investigated and found guilty anybody?
She further said, “If we can’t crack Facebook, how are we supposed to be able to confront Russian aggression and cyber hacking throughout our military? It is a serious problem when we have members of our military denigrating female Marines who will give their life to this country in the way they have with no response from leadership. I can tell you your answers today are unsatisfactory. They do not go far enough.”
Meanwhile a two-page letter sent by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller to all commanding generals is very to the point and tough. “In the past week, our core values have come under attack…This inappropriate, disrespectful, and in some cases criminal behavior has a corrosive and negative effect on our Marines and on the Marine Corps.”
To prevent future social media fallout, Neller said Marines must be educated, not only on the service’s expectations for their online behavior, but also on the dangers and vulnerabilities inherent in online activity. The Marine Corps will soon publish an update to its 2010 guidance governing Marines’ social media activity to further this goal, Neller said. Nonetheless it is still not clear how things will move and what instruments will be used to stop such photo sharing in the future.