Without opposition, the House approved a bill on Wednesday making it a crime for U. The measure was a direct response to a nude-photo sharing scandal that has rocked the military in the wake of the exposing of an online group that shared intimate images of female service members — some including obscene or violent comments about those depicted— without their consent. The measure would still need to be passed by the Senate and then signed into law by President Donald Trump before becoming law. Republican Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona, the bill's sponsor and a retired Air Force officer, called the nonconsensual sharing of nude photos online "repugnant behavior" that is unacceptable.
Army The US Army has opened an investigation into allegations that some active-duty soldiers may be involved in the online sharing of nude photos of their colleagues, Business Insider has learned. The inquiry by the US Army's computer crime investigative unit comes one day after Business Insider reported that the scandal initially believed to be limited to the Marine Corps actually impacts every branch of service. The report revealed a public message board where purported male service members from all military branches, including service academies, were allegedly cyber-stalking and sharing nude photos of their female colleagues. Special agents from US Army's criminal investigation command "are currently assessing information and photographs on a civilian website that appear to include US Army personnel," Col. Patrick Seiber, a spokesman for the Army, told Business Insider.
In a closed Facebook group called "Marines United," which consisted of 30, active duty and retired members of the United States Armed Forces and British Royal Marines , hundreds of photos of female servicemembers from every branch of the military were distributed. In a post on the original group page, a member wrote, "It would be hilarious if one of these FBI or Naval Criminal Investigative Service fucks found their wife on here. Understand this: I will not accept a request until I can see that the person has served. If you see someone and know they are a fucking snitch, let an admin know. This shit should have never made it to the national fucking news.
Last weekend, news first broke from The War Horse and Reveal that a Facebook group, Marines United, had a link to a Google drive folder containing hundreds of photos of women. Most women pictured were current or former service members. Some of the photos were stolen from Facebook or Instagram profiles, others were nude photos sent privately to boyfriends or husbands, and some photos or videos were taken without the women knowing. Marines -- active duty and veterans -- and British Royal Marines.