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The Marines' nude photo scandal isn't over, it just found a new home on Facebook

By: Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner
March 10, 2017 Updated: March 10, 2017 at 7:20 am
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The Marines' Facebook nude photo-sharing scandal is not over yet.

While the Naval Criminal Investigative Service launched an investigation earlier this week after a 30,000-member Facebook page was found to be the breeding ground for pictures of naked female servicemembers, some of those Marines have created a new page and continued sharing the images, according to multiple reports Thursday evening.

"Marines United" was shut down shortly after the incident was reported last Saturday, but since then "Marines United 2.0" (MU2.0) was created and houses the photos now. The new page has already added 2,300 members despite Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller's warning people not to engage in this sort of activity.

The group is sharing photos that have been uploaded through the original page to DropBox, a photo-storing website, as well as videos from porn sites. Some of the page's members are sharing photos and videos while provoking the military leaders who told them to stop.

The Marines' Facebook nude photo-sharing scandal is not over yet.

While the Naval Criminal Investigative Service launched an investigation earlier this week after a 30,000-member Facebook page was found to be the breeding ground for pictures of naked female servicemembers, some of those Marines have created a new page and continued sharing the images, according to multiple reports Thursday evening.

"Marines United" was shut down shortly after the incident was reported last Saturday, but since then "Marines United 2.0" (MU2.0) was created and houses the photos now. The new page has already added 2,300 members despite Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller's warning people not to engage in this sort of activity.

The group is sharing photos that have been uploaded through the original page to DropBox, a photo-storing website, as well as videos from porn sites. Some of the page's members are sharing photos and videos while provoking the military leaders who told them to stop.

While the actions are investigated, the argument remains whether the members have the legal ability to post such photos.

"They can investigate all they want," one member wrote. "It's not illegal to share nudes lol."

However, that members have posted personal information about the women in the photos and even called on others to harass them could constitute breaking "revenge porn" laws in 30 states. In addition, Article 120c of the Uniform Code of Military Justice strongly prohibits photographing and recording "another person's private area without the person's consent," and broadcasting or distributing that material.

Another report released Tuesday found there are other pages, like AnonIB, where male members from every other branch of the military can request photos of women, even by name and where they are currently stationed.

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