March 14, 2017
'Marines United' Photos: Some In 30K-Member Facebook Group Shared Naked Pictures

The search terms "Marines United" and "Marines United photos" are getting lots of attention on Twitter, according to the suggestions offered by the social network's search engine as of this writing. On Facebook, phrases like "Marines United secret group" and "Marines United group" and "Marines United uncut" are gaining steam. According to Newsweek, the newfound attention being given to "Marines United" is due to the trouble that the group is now in, because the U.S. Marine Corps says they are investigating nude photos of female Marines being shared via the Marines United closed Facebook group, which had approximately 30,000 members on Facebook before the secret Facebook group was shut down.

The naked photo scandal via the Marines United Facebook group has had a big effect upon the entire Marine Corp, according to the Marine Corps Times. The Marines United Facebook closed group was made up of U.S. Marines on active-duty, as well as veterans of the Marine Corps. At this point, it isn't known how many female members of the Marine Corps had their naked photos shared via the Marines United Facebook group, but the Marine Corps Naval Criminal Investigative Service is apparently looking into the scandal.

According to a Marine Corps document, it was a Marine who blew the whistle on the closed Marines United Facebook group, when the Marine warned the Marine Office of Marine Corps Public Affairs about his plans to publish an article that would bring the actions of the closed Facebook group to light. The internal document, which has now been made public on the web, claimed that some members of the Marines United Facebook group asked for naked photos of female Marine Corp members. Those naked photos of female Marine members were then uploaded to a Google Drive, with the link given to members of the Marines United Facebook group members. Those naked photos have been taken off of the Google Drive in the wake of the discovery. Along with naked photos of some female Marine Corp members, their ranks and names and duty stations were also posted.
"In Feb. 2017, an investigative journalist and former Marine infantryman informed Marine Office of Marine Corps Public Affairs of his intent to publish a story exposing a closed Facebook group, Marines United, where members solicited for explicit photos of female service members. Subsequently, the images were posted to a Google Drive, the link provided to members of the closed Facebook page. Some women depicted on the Google Drive are identified as Marines, some by name, rank and duty station. The Google Drive, which is a secure cloud storage and file backup for photos and videos, was maintained by a former Marine. The Google Drive has since been removed from the World Wide Web. The Marines United group has a following of 30K. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has recently opened an investigation into the posting of explicit photographs. The journalist's draft story is focused on Marines United, particularly the misogynistic behavior and comments on the site. The article is expected to cite challenges with misogynistic behavior other organizations have faced, such as the U.S. Secret Service."
The internal document also noted that an ex-Marine maintained the naked photos.
The incident is being called a misogynistic, derogatory, and deeply concerning to the Marine Corps, along with a salacious action that destroys trust -- at least according to the suggested statement that the Marines should give to the press, according to the Marines document in the wake of the new about the Marines United Facebook group being exposed in the public.

Only variations of the name Marines United appear in groups across Facebook -- not the original 30,000-member Marines United Facebook group.

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