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Battered by scandal, the Marines, the issuance of new social media policy

FILE – In this March 10, 2017 file photo, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller speaks during a press conference at the Pentagon. Battered by a nude photo scandal, the marine Corps has published a longer and more detailed social media policy, in which the professional and legal consequences for service members who participate in online misconduct. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Associated Press)

WASHINGTON – The marine Corps has a longer and more detailed social media policy after being assaulted by a nude photo-sharing scandal.

Former and current female Marines have reported that their photos and those of women in other services that are posted on the social media pages without their permission. The researchers are also looking into the threatening and obscene comments Marines wrote with the photos.

The new policy establishes the professional and legal consequences for service members culpable of online misconduct. With the upcoming changes: a requirement that all the Marines to sign a declaration acknowledging they have read and understand the new guidelines.

The adjustments are intended to make managers more space in the prosecuting or punishing offenders.

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