The US Navy has issued new guidelines forbidding personnel from sharing intimate pictures with out consent.
They ban the sharing of photos when “the particular person depicted had an affordable expectation of privateness” or “with out authorized justification or excuse”.
It follows the discovery that some marines have been sharing photographs of girls in a personal Fb group.
Service personnel discovered to be violating the rules can be handled by army courts.
The interim order, which was signed on Tuesday, is anticipated to be made everlasting within the subsequent version of the US Navy rules.
The photographs started to appear on the members-only Marines United group in January, when the primary US Marine infantry unit started admitting girls.
They have been usually accompanied by obscene feedback and a few of the girls within the footage have been recognized by identify, rank and unit.
Membership of the group, now closed, was restricted to energetic and retired male US Marines and Navy Corpsmen, and British Royal Marines.
A spokesperson for the Royal Navy mentioned that as the photographs have been posted by US Marines, it was “a matter for the US authorities”.
A number of the photos appeared to have been taken covertly, whereas others are believed to have been taken with the ladies’s consent however posted with out permission.
Fb and Google closed the social media accounts of these posting the photographs, following a request from the US Marine Corps.
A Google Drive folder internet hosting the photographs was additionally deleted.