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One Year After the Military’s Revenge Porn Scandal, Apparently Not Much Has Changed

A new report published by VICE News shows that despite the Pentagon establishing a military task force last year to combat the military nudes scandal, sexually explicit content continues to be shared in Facebook groups and other social media platforms like Tumblr, Reddit and Instagram.

Last year, the Pentagon established a military task force to oversee the investigation of the Marines United “military nudes scandal,” in which hundreds of active duty Marines viewed explicit pics of servicewomen without their consent (on the private Facebook page “Marines United”) and in some cases cyber-bullied them.

VICE News’ report details how this online harassment and cyberbullying continues to this day. They write:

Over the past month and a half, VICE News reviewed dozens of informal military social media groups and message boards — both open and private — and found sexually explicit photos and derogatory comments alongside banal memes and jokes about military life. Interviews with victims, advocates, and members of these groups reveal the extent of the ongoing “revenge porn” and harassment epidemic in the armed forces — and just how difficult it is to curb.

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The groups appear on every online platform: Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Snapchat, and Instagram. They’re constantly reinventing themselves as they get shut down, using different names, dummy profiles, and obscure titles to divert public attention. They’re increasingly “secret,” so they’re harder to track. They rarely accept women as members.

But an administrator for one of those group denied that groups like his were being used only to share inappropriate photos. He instead described the spirit of camaraderie among members and how they are able to help each other through PTSD and suicidal thoughts.

“We wouldn’t be here again now if all we were interested in nothing but sharing porn and stuff like that. Facebook wouldn’t allow it again,” he added. “There’s so much more to it.”
The Pentagon’s investigation expanded last year into gay porn sites and gay Tumblr accounts, on which there are several instances of men in uniform engaged in sex acts. The Pentagon’s investigation force sought to uncover whether any of those gay porn appearances are by active duty officers — consensual or not — using facial recognition software if necessary.